Fred Perry

(1909—1995) lawn tennis player

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British tennis player, who dominated the game during the 1930s.

Perry was a world-class table-tennis player before he embarked on a career in lawn tennis. His agility and style combined with a supremely confident approach and a characteristic running forehand, which he used to gain position at the net for an attacking forecourt game, earned him three consecutive Wimbledon singles titles in 1934–36. His other singles titles included the US national championship (1933, 1934, and 1936), the Australian championship in 1934, and the French title in 1935. He also won the French (1933) and Australian (1934) doubles titles, partnered in both by G. P. Hughes. Perry and Dorothy Round (1909–82) won the mixed doubles championship at Wimbledon in 1935 and 1936.

Perry turned professional in 1936 and remained a familiar figure on the tennis circuits, especially as a commentator for radio and television. His name also adorns a successful range of sports and leisure wear.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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