Wimbledon final: Who was the boy doing the coin toss for Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic?


After two weeks of epic action at Wimbledon, Djokovic and Federer will battle it out for the 2019 championship.

The two have won 12 Wimbledon titles between them so certainly won’t be taken aback by the occasion.

But there was another person on Centre Court at the start of the match that will almost certainly have created a memory to last a lifetime.

Fans would have noticed a special guest on court to conduct the coin toss to decide which player serves first.

It was a 14-year-old boy named Omar Popal, who was representing the Prince’s Trust.

The foundation helped young people aged 11 to 30 who are struggling at school or unemployed, to develop confidence and skills they need to live, learn and earn.

The Prince’s Trust was nominated by the Wimbledon Foundation, the official charity of the All England Club and The Championships.

Rozzy Amos, Regional Director of the Prince’s Trust, said: “Omar took part in our Enterprise Challenge which helps young people increase their aspirations, confidence and self-motivation by having effective mentors.

“Omar has been able to demonstrate that with a bit of support, a bit of encouragement and a relatable role model, how much you can overcome some of the challenges that young people face today.”

The coins used for the coin tosses at this year’s championships finals have also been on a special journey.

They were taken into space and back with NASA astronaut Drew Feustel.

Commander Feustel watched from the Royal Box at The Championships 2017 alongside his wife, Indira, and fellow astronaut Tim Peake, and it was then that he and Philip Brook CBE, Chairman of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), came up with the idea to take something from Wimbledon with him aboard his six-month long mission.

The AELTC commissioned two bespoke gold coins, featuring the Mission 56 logo on one side, and The Championships logo on the other.

They travelled with Feustel aboard Mission 56 to the International Space Station last year, with Feustel interviewed live from space during The Championships 2018. The coins have now safely returned to Earth and will be used in the pre-match coin toss at the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals at The Championships, Wimbledon.

To honour the epic journey that the coins have made, and the journey that the four finalists have made through the Fortnight, the AELTC has created a new 60-second film, “The Coin Toss”.

Narrated by Chairman Philip Brook CBE, the film was created by McCann London, Craft London and directors Simon+Ben on behalf of the AELTC. It shows the coins being made and travelling into space, and will be distributed globally on TV and online to promote the Finals Weekend.

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 who are struggling at school or unemployed to develop the confidence and skills they need to live, learn and earn. The Prince’s Trust is a registered charity (1079675). www.princes-trust.org.uk


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