Open Access Articles- Top Results for Fred Perry

Fred Perry

For other people named Fred Perry, see Fred Perry (disambiguation).

Frederick John Perry
File:Fred Perry 01.jpg
Country 23x15px Great Britain
Born (1909-05-18)18 May 1909
Portwood, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Died 2 February 1995(1995-02-02) (aged 85)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Turned pro 1936 (amateur tour from 1929)</td></tr>
Retired 1956</td></tr>
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)</td></tr>
Int. Tennis HoF 1975 (member page)</td></tr>
Career record {{#property:P564}}</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 1 (1934, A. Wallis Myers)[1]</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1934)</td></tr>
French Open W (1935)</td></tr>
Wimbledon W (1934, 1935, 1936)</td></tr>
US Open W (1933, 1934, 1936)</td></tr>
Professional majors</td></tr>
US Pro W (1938, 1941)</td></tr>
Wembley Pro QF (1951, 1952)</td></tr>
Career record {{#property:P555}}</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1934)</td></tr>
French Open W (1933)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1932)</td></tr>
Wimbledon W (1935, 1936)</td></tr>
US Open W (1932)</td></tr>
Team competitions
Davis Cup

W (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936)</td></tr></table>

Frederick John "Fred" Perry (18 May 1909 – 2 February 1995) was a championship-winning English tennis and table tennis player who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams single titles, as well as six Major doubles titles. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years. Prior to Andy Murray in 2013, Perry was the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship, in 1936[2] and was the last British player to win a men's singles Grand Slam title until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open.

Perry was the first player to win a "Career Grand Slam" winning all four singles titles at the age of 26 which he completed at the 1935 French Championships and remains the only British player ever to achieve this.[3] Although Perry began his tennis career aged 18, he was also a Table Tennis World Champion in 1929.[4]

In 1933, Perry helped lead the Great Britain team to victory over France in the Davis Cup; the team's first success since 1912, followed by wins over the United States in 1934, 1935, and a fourth consecutive title with victory over Australia in 1936.[3]

From 1927 to 1967, the International Lawn Tennis Federation, treated all amateur champions as though they no longer existed, from the moment they turned professional. Perry, who turned pro at the end of the 1936 season, suffered the same fate. Only in 1968, with the introduction of "Open Tennis" did this state of affairs come to an end.[2][5] After becoming disillusioned with the class-conscious nature of the Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain, the working-class Perry moved to the United States before becoming a naturalised US citizen in 1938. In 1942, he was drafted into the US Air Force during the Second World War.[6]

Despite his unprecedented contribution to British tennis, Perry was not accorded full recognition by tennis authorities until his twilight years.[2] In 1984, a statue of Perry was unveiled at Wimbledon, and in the same year Perry became the only tennis player listed in a survey of 2,000 Britons to find the "Best of the Best" British sportsmen of the 20th century.[5]

Early life

File:"Fred Perry was born here" plaque, Stockport.jpg
The house where Fred Perry was born in on Carrington Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Perry was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 1909 where his father, Samuel Perry (1877–1954), was a cotton spinner.[7] For the first decade of his life, he also lived in Bolton, Lancashire, and Wallasey, Merseyside, because his father was involved in local politics. When living in Wallasey he attended Liscard Primary School. Perry moved to Brentham Garden Suburb in Ealing, west London aged nine when his father became the national secretary of the Co-operative Party after World War I.[7] His father became the Co-operative Party Member of Parliament for Kettering in 1929.

Fred Perry
Full name PERRY Frederick John
Nationality 23x15px England