I'm sure he was happy, even honoured to do it, but I still can't shake off the feeling that it's hugely patronising to have an old guy in a suit and tie lugging heavy kit on a hot day. and don't get me started on loading the women up with bouquets! At least the bowing and curtseying appears to have stopped - or is that just because there were no senior Royals present? That's it - rant over!!
The bowing and curtseying stopped a good few years ago, at the direct request of the Duke of Kent. It's my understanding that he realised some of the players used to worry more about getting that right than their matches, so he got rid of it. The only time it happens now is when the Queen goes, and she doesn't go often.
I don't know, I just like certain Wimbledon traditions, the predominantly white thing, the players having their kit carried on for the final. As I said before, I don't think they would work at any other slam, but in my view they do for Wimbledon.
I did some checking on youtube of other ladies finals. In other years the women's kit has been carried on by ball kids, so I assume Marion and Sabine just chose to carry their own.