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Sir Cliff joins Centre Court crowd for opening day at Wimbledon

Published 27/06/2016

Andy Murray will be one of the main attractions at Wimbledon
Andy Murray will be one of the main attractions at Wimbledon

Sir Cliff Richard was among a host of famous faces who turned up to watch play on the opening day of Wimbledon.

The singer, 75, wore a cream summer suit to the Championship and was spotted near the Royal Box.

A regular at SW19, the entertainer is not believed to have been seen at the tournament last year - reportedly saying that he did not want to detract attention from the tennis after historical sex abuse allegations were made against him.

Sir Cliff, who was in the crowd to see Novak Djokovic play Britain's James Ward, always strongly denied the allegations.

Earlier this month, South Yorkshire Police announced he would face no further action over the claims.

Pippa Middleton was also in attendance, dressed in a cream floral printed dress with a ruffle shoulder detail and dipped hem. She sat with her brother James and enjoyed the tennis through sunglasses.

A keen tennis fan, the Duchess of Cambridge's sister is a regular at the Championship - making appearances ever since the royal wedding in 2011.

Also present were Sir Jackie and Lady Stewart and actress Rebel Wilson.

Ward, who lost in straight sets, used the post-match press conference to tell people to "stop panicking" about Brexit.

He said: "Yeah, I voted Out. I'm not fussed about saying it. I don't know others who are or not. But, yeah, I voted Out. I'm happy with my decision. I think we'll be all right. Everyone needs to stop panicking and we'll be fine."

The biggest story of the day came from court 17 where Briton Marcus Willis, ranked world number 772, beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, ranked 54, in straight sets.

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