Singaporean singer JJ Lin is first Asian celeb invited to Wimbledon, and he couldn't be more pleased

Singaporean singer JJ Lin is first Asian celeb invited to Wimbledon, and he couldn't be more pleased
PHOTO: Instagram/ JJ Lin

Apart from the numerous accolades our homegrown singer-songwriter JJ Lin has achieved so far in his career, there is a new title he can claim now.

The 36-year-old Singaporean singer has became the first Asian star to be invited to Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious and oldest tennis tournaments around, reported local entertainment magazine 8days and Channel 8 news.

He had secured a coveted spot in the arena via an invitation from Ralph Lauren, said Lin in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao. And for the finals, no less.

The championship is held annually in London, with the first match happening on the last Monday of June.

On Sunday July 16, Lin was part of the star-studded crowd at Centre Court to witness Roger Federer claim his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title as he beat Marin Cilic in the men's singles final.

And of course, Lin was there to support the Swiss player, Roger Federer, who happens to be his favourite tennis player, said Lin in an interview in London.

Other celebrities and royalties that were in the arena included Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The singer had also posted a selfie of himself at the stadium on Instagram, pledging his support and loyalty to Federer with the hashtag "#teamfederer".

In his selfie, American actresses and models Uma Thurman and Sienna Miller were spotted seated behind Lin as well.

Lin was certainly exhilarated to be there, as he admitted that he had only heard about about Wimbledon through friends' accounts or media reports previously. 

"It is incredibly exciting, [to be] experiencing the culture, atmosphere and history," he added in the video interview.

"I hope I can take it all home with me to share with friends and family because it's such a rare opportunity to come here."

ongymm@sph.com.sg

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