Pippa Middleton is back at her laptop, tapping out words. This time, though, Vanity Fair is paying the bill, and the topic is…tennis?
Tennis, yes, natch. Pippa is a sports writer now, OK?
“I first went to Wimbledon when I was eight years old and already a very keen tennis player,” she writes in her first piece as Vanity Fair’s newest contributing editor, as shared on VF’s website in an early sneak-peek for the anxious among us. “During this first trip I acted on my childish tennis dreams and bought myself a postcard of the women’s championship trophy, on which I wrote, ‘I will win this one day,’ with my signature below.”
Also covered in the piece, writes VF, is which tennis players are handsome, what Roger Federer eats for breakfast, and the fact that she was a tomboy growing up (she once announced, “if I had to get married, it would be in my tennis whites—shorts with no pleats or frills.”).
But anyone who has followed 29-year-old sister of Kate’s literary career thus far knows that she can cover a diverse range of topics. In addition to tennis, she has also written about:
Entertaining: "This book is a useful and practical journey into British-themed occasions and I hope it offers welcome inspiration and ideas, most of which needn't leave you alarmingly out of pocket,” she wrote in her book, “Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends,” which was roundly skewered by critics. “Entertaining on any scale can be stressful and daunting so this is all about finding ways to manage and enjoy the process."
Sushi: “The first time I made sushi was at Edinburgh University. I convinced my flatmates to help, promising we’d prepare it in front of the rugby on TV that afternoon,” she wrote in her first cooking column for Waitrose Kitchen, the in-house magazine for the UK supermarket chain Waitrose. “The trickiest part was cooking the rice but even that, once we got a feel for the right stickiness, was easy, while the rolling just required patience.” Her recipe advice, which also included duck rolls, was quickly dismissed in British tabloids for being too complex and too expensive, and she was taken to task for pretending to understand the difference between weekdays and the weekend. “Even if I’m feeling exhausted and don’t feel like doing anything but watching telly, I can put off being tired till Saturday,” she wrote. “Fridays, of course, hold the promise of the weekend but also, being far enough away from pre-Monday melancholy, feel freer.”
Obnoxious Critics: “I have been much teased for my book, ‘Celebrate.’ Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious,” she wrote in the Spectator, a British weekly, about the scathing reviews of her book. “It’s all good fun, I know, and I realize that authors ought to take criticism on the chin. But in my defense, let me say this: ‘Celebrate’ is meant to be a guide to party planning and, as such, it has to cover the basics. If I were to write a cookery book, for instance, I would be compelled to say that, to make an omelet, you have to break at least one egg.” She added, cheekily, “Maybe I should write a sequel and call it ‘Bottoms Up.’ Now that could be a bestseller."