Sir Cliff Richard swaps Centre Court at Wimbledon for Nazareth

Sir Cliff Richard with Jane Krivine. Picture: David Katz.

Sir Cliff Richard with Jane Krivine. Picture: David Katz. - Credit: Archant

It seems that music legend Sir Cliff Richard just cannot get enough tennis this summer.

Within days of leaving his seat at Wimbledon’s Centre Court earlier this month, the 72-year-old was picking up a racquet himself in the slightly less familiar tennis environs of Nazareth in Israel.

Sir Cliff, a famous tennis fanatic, dropped in at the Nazareth Tennis School on July 9 to check out the recently refurbished courts he helped to fund thanks to a donation made to the Freddie Krivine Foundation in 2005.

The singer agreed to visit the club before he performed at two concerts in Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena following an invitation from former Hampstead and Highgate Festival director Jane Krivine.

Ms Krivine, a former Hampstead Garden Suburb resident, emigrated to Israel in 2003 to run the Freddie Krivine Foundation, which had been founded by her late father.

The foundation aims to bring tennis to Israeli Arab children and promote co-existence with their Jewish counterparts through the game.