Pippa Middleton named Vanity Fair contributing editor, pens essay about tennis

June 5, 2013
Pippa Middleton at the U.S. Open in New York last fall. (Mike Stobe / Getty Images for USTA) Pippa Middleton at the U.S. Open in New York last fall. (Mike Stobe / Getty Images for USTA)

It’s not just the children of America’s elite getting all the good media jobs! Joining the ranks of Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush, etc., now is Pippa Middleton — who just signed on as a contributing editor with Vanity Fair, the magazine announced Wednesday. Qualifications? Beyond being the sister-in-law of the future king? “She’s a keen observer of classic British pastimes,” says editor Graydon Carter.

For her first story, in the July issue, the 29-year-old event planner holds forth on Wimbledon. The passionate tennis fan’s thoughts on the well-covered event range from the murkily British (“Queuing from five a.m. on “People’s Sunday” in 2004 with my sister for three hours and getting £35 tickets on Centre Court — my first time ever”) to the obvious (“You know the crowd is having fun and enjoying a match if the Wave starts”) to the you-had-to-be-there (“When Tim Henman walked onto the court, the crowd cheered him, and as he neared our seats my dad mistakenly yelled, ‘Come on, Pete!’ That was embarrassing”). There is also some Wikipediaesque padding (“ryegrass is used exclusively, owing to its durability”) and a very brief Q&A with Roger Federer, who divulges his daily breakfast. But! She looks adorable in the tennis-whites photo shoot, showing off a lovely forehand — go see for yourself.

Excerpt: Pippa Middleton Named Vanity Fair Contributing Editor, Writes About Her (and Kate’s) Tennis Obsession (Vanity Fair)

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