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Pippa Middleton will write about Wimbledon for Vanity Fair

Pippa Middleton (left) watches the 2012 men's singles final at Wimbledon with her sister. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) Pippa Middleton (left) watches the 2012 men's singles final at Wimbledon with her sister. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Pippa Middleton has been brought on as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, where she'll write about her experiences at Wimbledon in the magazine's July issue.

Middleton has never shied away from her love of tennis. The younger sister of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, she's been spotted making the rounds at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the ATP World Tour Finals and the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club, where she she is a member.

Middleton will offer advice for Wimbledon watchers, tips on which players are "easy on the eyes" and even conducted a one-on-one interview with Roger Federer. Boy, I wonder how she swung that interview? It's not like Vanity Fair has any pull on the Swiss great, right?

"She's a keen observer of classic British pastimes," editor Graydon Carter said. "She is also an avid sportswoman and we look forward to her take on traditional English pursuits, beginning with Wimbledon."

In the issue, which hits the newsstands this week, Midddleton recounts her favorite Wimbledon memories, which include queueing with her sister on "People's Sunday" in 2004 for £35 tickets for Centre Court. “Seats were a free-for-all -- and I recall almost tripping over myself trying to get as close as possible to my birthday-twin British hero Tim Henman,” she writes. She also recalls going to the tournament for the first time when she was 8 and purchasing a postcard with a photo of the Venus Rosewater Dish, the trophy awarded to the Ladies' Champion, and writing "I will win this one day" on the back.

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