BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty shares family connection to famous Wimbledon star

Naga Munchetty has revealed the surprising BBC Breakfast link to a famous Wimbledon tennis player as England prepares to play against Australia.

During Saturday’s instalment of the popular BBC One morning show, the 47-year-old broadcaster ad her co-star Charlie Stayt caught up with sports correspondent Mike Bushall live from the centre court.

As they discussed the upcoming games set to take place at the infamous London tennis courts, the brunette beauty revealed how this wasn’t the first time someone from the BBC team had been to the games.


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She went on to tease how someone on the show was even related to one of the impressive sportswomen who took home the Wimbledon trophy centuries ago.

Before the pair moved on to the weather, Naga shared the surprising family link with viewers tuning in at home.

She said: “Listen, when you make your way over to centre court you may pass something rather fabulous, a bust of a woman called Dorothy Round.

“Now, Dorothy Round was a British tennis player in the 1930s who won Wimbledon twice.”

It was at this point that Mike interrupted with: “I think the statue of Dorothy is next to Virginia Wade statue, there’s a few of the busts in a line – we're going to go and search that right now.”

The TV presenter urged: “Do search it out and you may see it may look a little bit familiar to you because Dorothy Round, her progeny in the family in some way is related to one of the people on the team this morning.”

As the studio went quiet, weatherman Matt Taylor silently raised a hand as Naga went on to ask about how he was related to the famous tennis player.

She went on: “There we go we’ve got a hand up by Matt Taylor, Matt tell us all about it – she sounds like an amazing woman but I don’t think any of her talent has passed on, has it?”

He explained: “No, no. She is my gran’s cousin, Dorothy Round. She won the women’s Wimbledon singles final twice, I think she won the mixed doubles three times at Wimbledon and she also won the Australian Open all back in the 1930s.

“I’d like to say the tennis rubbed off on me, Naga but it didn’t I'm afraid,” he joked.

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Naga went on to remind him that although he’s not followed in his relative’s famous footsteps, he has gone on to become quite the star in his own right.

She added: “You have many other talents but what a brilliant, brilliant thing. It must just bring back, not memories obviously, but a bit of nostalgia when it’s women’s Wimbledon week.”

Mike confessed: “It does and you know what? When I was last there, I did have to go and find the bust.

“It was unusual to find a relative looking back at you back from the 30s, [she was] a stunning, stunning player, she did very well.”