By LUCY COLLINS and LYDIA WARREN
Showing them how it's done: Pippa puts on the style at the French Open
Her sister could be the one dishing out the trophies at this year’s Wimbledon, but Pippa Middleton has shown that she too is a fan of the game.
While the Duchess of Cambridge is keeping a low profile in her new home on Anglesey, her younger sibling took centre stage at the French Open in Paris yesterday.
Joined by friends, Pippa looked relaxed as she watched defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Ivan Ljubicic in his fourth round match.
Happy: Pippa appears to be enjoying the defending champion's game
All smiles: Pippa could hardly hide her delight while sitting courtside
The 27-year-old, who captivated millions with her slinky Sarah Burton bridesmaid dress a month ago, opted for a casual look to take in the tennis.
She wore a close fitting black T-shirt and spotted ruffle skirt with a high grey waistband – fashion’s new interpretation on the popular 1980s ra-ra skirt.
She teamed her outfit with low-key white peephole wedges – her sister favours the black version – and a tan leather handbag.
The main attraction: Pippa clearly enjoys being the centre of attention at the Paris championships
Oversized Gucci sunglasses kept the sun from her eyes while her long hair was worn down, a look which is fast becoming a Middleton girls’ trademark.
Pippa is believed to be a member of the exclusive Queen’s Club, the venue for one of the major warm-up events for Wimbledon each year.
Big sister Kate is also a fan of the game and played for Marlborough College. It is believed that she could be presenting the prizes at Wimbledon this summer.
The tournament’s chiefs are hopeful that Tim Henman – former British number one and a close friend of the Middletons – can persuade her to add a bit of glamour to the ceremony.
Standing out from the crowd: Pippa makes her mark at the match
Pippa’s spring sojourn comes only days after she returned from a holiday in Madrid.
Presumably getting time off is not a problem, as she has reportedly just taken a job at a geothermal energy firm run by an old flame, George Percy. The news of this new position came after the week-long trip to Madrid with George, the 26-year-old son of the Duke of Northumberland, and a group of friends.
Pippa will juggle the role with her job at party planning firm Table Talk, and editing an online magazine for her parents’ firm Party Pieces.
Looking good: Pippa adjusts her locks to keep the hair off her neck
Engrossed: Pippa and her friend seem engrossed from behind their sunglasses