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Wicklow man who joined Wimbledon game plans to auction Kim Clijsters' skirt for charity
The charity helps with the costs for children who have to receive treatments in other countries for serious ailments.

THE GREYSTONES MAN who became famous over the weekend after being invited to play on the court at Wimbledon, plans to auction Kim Clijsters’ white skirt for charity.

Chris Quinn found himself taking a serve at the Ladies’ Invitation Doubles after he suggested from the crowd that the Belgian player should body serve when she questioned if she should go left or right.

Quinn told Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1, “I was quiet comfy sitting on the sidelines watching it and Kim started interacting with the crowd.

Kim asked the question, ‘Will I serve left or will I serve right?’ and I said ‘serve the body’ and next thing you know I’m being gestured up on court to receive a serve.

“Just before she served, Kim noticed I wasn’t wearing white … so she proceeded to run over to her own bag and picked out one of her spare skirts.

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“She ran over and tried to put it on me but I had to take her out of her misery and just do it myself.

It’s not too often you can say you had two international tennis players trying to get clothes on your legs and then end up in fits of laughter on the ground in front of you.

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He got it on and managed to return the serve, he told RTÉ, “I do play tennis but I don’t consider myself to be good in any shape or form.”

When asked if she went easy on him, Quinn said:

She nearly took my head off with one of them … the serve is much faster than you think it is on TV.

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Asked what his plans are for his new white skirt, Quinn said, “We’re going to auction off the skirt to help with the Gavin Glynn foundation.”

He explained that the charity, which is based in Greystones, helps deal with the costs for children who have to receive treatments in other countries for serious ailments.

People can submit bids at the or contact the Greystones Tennis Club. 

Read: That Wicklow man at Wimbledon sent a lovely tweet to Kim Clijsters following their antics on court>

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