Chris and Kim raises €6,000 for foun­da­tion

Bray People - - NEWS -

AN AUTOGRAPHED ten­nis skort worn by Kim Cli­jsters and Grey­stones man Chris Quinn went un­der the ham­mer for a fan­tas­tic €3,000 last week.

Chris, who is cap­tain of Grey­stones Lawn Ten­nis Club, hit the head­lines in July when he was pulled from the stands to tackle the for­mer grand slam cham­pion’s serve after heck­ling play­ers in the ladies’ in­vi­ta­tion dou­bles.

How­ever, when he reached the court Kim Cli­jsters re­alised his own clothes of blue shorts and green T-shirt would have breached the strict dress code at the All-Eng­land Club. She pro­duced a spare skort (which is a cross be­tween a skirt and a pair of shorts) from her kit bag and Quinn gamely squeezed into it, caus­ing Cli­jsters’ and the other play­ers to erupt into a fit of gig­gles.

Chris, who was on his first visit to the tour­na­ment, re­placed one of Cli­jsters’s op­po­nents on court, man­aged to re­turn a serve but failed to hit the ball when he tried for a sec­ond point.

Cli­jsters gave him the skort to keep and on his re­turn home to Grey­stones he de­cided to auc­tion it off to raise funds for the Gavin Glynn Foun­da­tion.

How­ever, be­fore the auc­tion took place, Chris made valiant ef­forts to get Cli­jsters to au­to­graph the skort and, thanks to her cloth­ing spon­sor Fila, he and his fam­ily were flown to Rhode Is­land in Amer­ica to meet Kim again.

Chris said that he got to meet Cli­jsters when she was be­ing in­ducted into the Ten­nis Hall of Fame, say­ing it had been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘It was a tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence. We went over to Rhode Is­land and when she passed me I asked her how her body serve was and she just ran and hugged me. It was great. She had no prob­lem sign­ing the skort and she also signed a book.

‘She even men­tioned me in her speech when she was be­ing in­ducted into the Hall of Fame which gave me quite the buzz.’

Chris said that his wife Vicki and their three chil­dren, Cee­jay, Re­becca and Alannah, all had a fan­tas­tic time in Rhode Is­land and said that Kim had been an ab­so­lute star.

The skort was sold at auc­tion to the own­ers of The­atre Lane in Grey­stones who plan to frame the skort be­fore putting it on public dis­play at their premises.

In ad­di­tion to the €3,000 raised for the Gavin Glynn Foun­da­tion through the auc­tion, there was also a do­na­tion made to the foun­da­tion of a fur­ther €3,000, bring­ing the to­tal amount raised to €6,000.

Kim Cli­jsters get­ting a selfie with Grey­stones man Chris Quinn.

Chris Quinn with his wife Vicki and their three chil­dren, Cee­jay, Re­becca and Alannah,

Cli­jsters help­ing Chris into the fa­mous ‘skort’ at Wim­ble­don.

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