Andy Murray performed a majestic bow on Centre Court, then sheepishly apologized to his royal fans—Prince William and new bride Kate—for his unkempt appearance. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched from the front row of the Royal Box today as the fourth-seeded Murray beat Richard Gasquet to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Murray said it was "very nice" to meet the couple, but lamented his post-game look, "If I'd known they were coming, I would have shaved," the British star said, smiling. "I was thinking to myself as I came off I was sweaty and very hairy. I said to them, 'I'm sorry, I'm a bit sweaty.'"
At least Murray had a well-practiced bow ready. Last year, Queen Elizabeth watched him on her first visit to the tournament in 33 years, and he bowed low with one arm bent behind his back and one in front. The players weren't obliged to bow for William and Kate, as they were for Queen Elizabeth II at last year’s tournament. But after shaking hands with Gasquet, Murray waved to three sides of the Centre Court crowd before turning to the Royal Box and repeating his very proper bow as the couple stood and applauded. Murray said it was "very nice" to meet the couple, who he said told him: "Well done on the match. Asked me how it was out there. That was it."