Fred Perry

Tennis Player
Born May 18, 1909

Frederick John "Fred" Perry was a championship-winning English tennis and table tennis player who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World No. 1 or Co-No. 1 for four years in total.… Read More

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1909 Birth Perry was born in Stockport, in 1909 where his father, Samuel Perry (1877–1954), was a cotton spinner. … Read More


1928 19 Years Old In 1928–29, Perry won several medals in the single, double and team events in the World Table Tennis Championships. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old …  Although Perry began his tennis career aged 18, he was also a Table Tennis World Champion in 1929. … Read More
1933 24 Years Old In the Davis Cup, Perry led the Great Britain team to four consecutive victories from 1933 to 1936, with wins over France in 1933, the United States in 1934 and 1935, and Australia in 1936. … Read More
…  Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years.
1935 26 Years Old In 1935 he married an American film star Helen Vinson, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1940.
1936 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Prior to Andy Murray in 2013, Perry was the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship, in 1936, and the last British player to win a men's singles Grand Slam title until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open.
1937 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He made his professional debut on 6 January 1937 at the Madison Square Garden against the best professional player, Ellsworth Vines. … Read More
The following year, 1938, the big tour was even longer, and this time Vines beat Perry 49 matches to 35, while a short tour of the Caribbean and Central and South America ended at four victories a piece.


1941 32 Years Old In 1941 he was briefly married to a model, Sandra Breaux.
1945 36 Years Old Then, in 1945, he married Lorraine Walsh, but that marriage also ended quickly.


1952 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Perry's final marriage to Barbara Riese in 1952 lasted over forty years, until his death. … Read More


1975 66 Years Old Perry was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1975.
1984 75 Years Old A bronze statue of Fred Perry was erected at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London in 1984 to mark the 50th anniversary of his first singles championship. … Read More
1987 78 Years Old Perry received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, from Washington and Lee University on 4 June 1987. … Read More
1995 86 Years Old Died on February 2, 1995.
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