Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he is 'game' to meet Pippa Middleton in a ping pong match after the indomitable Ms Middleton issued a challenge to the mayor over his professed 'wiff-waff' skills.
Writing in The Spectator, the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister described the upset she suffered when an avalanche prevented her from completing a recent endurance ski and stopped her reaching the Matterhorn.
Instead, the author has set herself another challenge closer to home.
When asked by the Editor of the magazine, Fraser Nelson, how he felt about a match Boris replied that he was keen to show off his table tennis prowess:
The Editor was quick to try and nail down some details for the game:
Both the Middleton and Johnson families have spoken about their competitive nature and Pippa is a keen long distance skier.
Boris Johnson famously told the story of the origins of table tennis -or 'wiff-waff' when he accepted the Olympic flag on behalf of London at the end of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The mayor said that ping pong was invented on the dinner tables of England and was known as 'wiff-waff'.
Hopefully Mr Johnson will be better than the Prime Minister was when he teamed up with Barack Obama two years ago: