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Saturday, 4 December, 1999, 20:37 GMT
Rusedski weds sweetheart Lucy
Greg Rusedski and his bride Lucy Greg Rusedski and his bride Lucy

Tennis star Greg Rusedski has wed sweetheart Lucy Connor - the former ball-girl he fell in love with as a teenager.

Celebrity friends from sport and showbusiness saw the couple take their vows in the Douai Abbey church near Newbury, Berkshire.

I feel great. This is the best day of my life
Greg Rusedski
Among the 130 guests - dressed in black tie suits and gowns - were Formula One driver David Coulthard, British Davis Cup captain David Lloyd and fellow player Mark Petchey.

Rusedski, 26, arrived half an hour before the scheduled 1600 GMT start in an open-top vintage Jaguar driven by his tennis coach Sven Groeneveld.

His bride, 23, arrived 10 minutes late, in a second vintage Jaguar.

Red lilies

She wore a long-sleeved dress with an eight-foot train, made by top designer Antony Price, and told waiting photographers that she was "very excited".

Greg and Lucy Rusedski The newly-weds pose for pictures
Miss Connor carried a bouquet of red lilies into the church and was given away by her father Terry.

Mr and Mrs Rusedski posed for pictures as they emerged after the service which had lasted just over an hour.

Greg, who had changed into a morning suit after arriving at the church, kissed his new bride and said: "I feel great. This is the best day of my life."

Lucy laughed and joked that she was covering her husband in lipstick as she kissed him once more for the cameras.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," she said.

The newlyweds then left together in the vintage Jaguar for a reception at Highclere Castle.

Fans thrilled

Rusedski, 26, posed for engagement snaps for Hello! with his fiancee back in February but the couple denied reports they had sold rights to the wedding day to the magazine.

The pair met when Rusedski was competing in the junior tournament at Wimbledon and aspiring actress Miss Connor was a 15-year-old ball girl.

Tim Henman Tim Henman gets married next week
They have been together ever since.

Co-founder of Rusedki's "G-Force" fan club, Diane Tong, who waited outside the church, said she was thrilled.

She said: "We're very excited for him. They certainly seem very happy together and they have been together for long enough."

Rusedski's British tennis rival Tim Henman will wed his own Lucy, Lucy Heald, in a service next Saturday.

Henman, the British number one, has said there is no ill-feeling between himself and Rusedski despite reports he turned down an invitation to his rival's wedding and failed to invite Rusedski to his own.

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