Fred Perry
Tennis player
Fred Perry
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.
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As Murray Manhandles López Again, Only the Score Is Ugly
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Feliciano López sauntered on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium late Sunday, his long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, his beard trimmed just so, his shirt very tight and very bright and very blue. He received an ovation appropriate for a tennis heartthrob. His opponent, in the third round of the United States Open, was Andy Murray, and that is
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Andy Murray: The next Fred Perry? - ESPN STAR Sports
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Two years after Andy Murray swopped his Fred Perry laurels for a new Adidas sponsorship, it seems he is still trying to shake off comparisons with the former British No.1. More than just the namesake of a popular clothing brand, Fred Perry was also the
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First Look: Amy Winehouse's Fred Perry Clothing Line - E! Online
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Following Fred Perry's announcement earlier this month that it would soon release the AW11 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection, the late singer's retro designer duds became available for sale on the British fashion hub's website
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Amy Winehouse Post-Death Clothing Line Is Morbid and Creepy - The Stir
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See, Winehouse had collaborated with British fashion label Fred Perry on a collection that wasn't yet released before her passing. And now the company has decided to launch the line posthumously. I've gotta be honest, this makes me a little ... -
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Amy Winehouse x Fred Perry's Posthumous Release - Ology
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It took all of twenty minutes after Amy Winehouse fell victim to her battle with addiction for fans (and non-fans alike) to question the course of her unreleased work, and though it was eventually decided her collaboration with British label Fred Perry
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Amy Winehouse's Fred Perry clothing range - The National
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She was also, for a brief period towards the end, a fashion designer, working on an Amy Winehouse-branded range for the classic clothing company Fred Perry. The new season, which includes a body-con dress, houndstooth shirts and skirts, and a range of
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UK riots: Big brands like Nike and Adidas pay price of flirting with gangsta chic - Daily Mail
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For kids who claimed to have very little, there was an impressive array of designer logos on display as those arrested sauntered out of court in their pristine baggy jeans, track suits and hoodies — Adidas, Carhartt, Nike, Fred Perry, and G Star
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Amy Winehouse's final Fred Perry range goes on sale - The Guardian
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A clothing range designed by the singer Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry is now on sale, with proceeds to benefit her posthumous foundation. The fashion house said it was releasing the late singer's designs for autumn/winter 2011 and spring/summer 2012, ... - -
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Amy Winehouse's final collections for Fred Perry to be released - New York Daily News
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After much uncertainty, Fred Perry announced it will release the late singer's final two collections for the label, Women's Wear Daily reported. Her autumn/winter 2011 and spring/summer 2012 collections will be available in stores ... - -
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MUSIC; Damon Albarn's Operatic Career
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MANCHESTER -- An interview with Damon Albarn, frontman of the indie band Blur, co-creator of the virtual supergroup Gorillaz, and, most recently, composer of a new opera on the life of the 16th-century mystic John Dee, is a task that might be approached with trepidation. Disdainful of anything that smacks of media hype or dumbing down -- recent
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Fred Perry Subculture - New British Talent - ClashMusic.com
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The infamous laurel wreath has adorned the chests of many iconic stars making their ascent to notoriety and Fred Perry Subculture are bringing you our next generation of trailblazers, shot beautifully in intimate surroundings
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Tennis Chief unveils commemorative plaque - Ealing Times
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A commemorative plaque for Fred Perry has been unveiled at Brentham Tennis Club in Ealing . Fred Perry, the last British man to win Wimbledon in 1936, was a member of the club from the age of nine. Club members wore period costume
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Tennis birthdays – July 7, 2011 - Montreal Gazette (blog)
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The three time Wimbledon finalist made it three straight years in the 1930s, battling the last British man to win Wimbledon, Fred Perry. He was crushed in that match in 1936, it took about 40 minutes. Von Cramm also was a closeted homosexual who ended
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Tennis: Liam Broady follows path of legends - Manchester Evening News
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Fred Perry, arguably the town's most famous son, may be a ghost of Wimbledon past but rising star Liam Broady has set his sights on playing a major part in its future. The 17-year-old lost his Junior Wimbledon singles final on Saturday in heartbreaking ... - -
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WIMBLEDON: MEN'S QUARTERFINALS; Nos. 1, 2, 4: No Surprise. Federer? Big Surprise.
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WIMBLEDON, England -- Pete Sampras, the greatest men's player of the 1990s, has had to be a good sport as his records, which appeared poised to last for decades, have tumbled like dominoes to the all-surface pressure applied by Roger Federer. But Sampras still has the historical edge on the grass at Wimbledon. Federer, a six-time champion at the
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Did you see Fred Perry win Wimbledon in 1936? - Channel 4 News
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As Andy Murray battles for the biggest prize in tennis, Channel 4 News is hunting a spectator who saw Fred Perry triumph in 1936. A Wimbledon hero, world number one... and British. Fred Perry won three titles at the All England Club and eight Grand
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fred Perry
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 85
    Died on February 2, 1995.
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  • 1987
    Age 77
    Perry received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, from Washington and Lee University on 4 June 1987.
    More Details Hide Details He had coached the W&L tennis team in 1941 and again in 1947. In the United States, two drives in El Paso, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a street in Springfield, Tennessee, are named after Fred Perry. Gold:1; Silver 1; Bronze 4 Fred Perry joined professional tennis in 1937 and was unable to compete in the Grand Slams tournaments.
  • 1984
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It is located at the Church Road gate. Perry's home town of Stockport has numerous memorials to the former tennis champion. For instance there is a blue plaque commemorating the house where he was born. In September 2002, a designated walking route called the Fred Perry Way was opened through the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. The route from Woodford in the south to Reddish in the north, combines rural footpaths, quiet lanes and river valleys with urban landscapes and parklands. Features along the route include Houldsworth Mill and Square, the start of the River Mersey at the confluence of the River Tame and River Goyt, Stockport Town Centre, Vernon and Woodbank Parks and the Happy Valley. The route also passes through Woodbank Park where Perry played some exhibition tennis matches. In November 2010, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and John Perry, Fred Perry's grandson, opened Fred Perry House in Stockport. The building, which is the borough's new civic headquarters, will be used by various local government agencies.
  • 1975
    Age 65
    Perry was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1975.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 42
    Wegner's next idea was to produce a sports shirt, which was to be made from white knitted cotton pique with short sleeves and a buttoned placket like René Lacoste's shirts. Launched at Wimbledon in 1952, the Fred Perry tennis shirt was an immediate success.
    More Details Hide Details The white tennis shirt was supplemented in the late 1950s with coloured versions for table tennis in which white shirts are not allowed. These became popular in the 1960s as a symbol of mod culture. The brand's logo is a laurel wreath. It was based on the original symbol for Wimbledon. The logo, which appears on the left breast of a garment, is stitched into the fabric of the shirt. The brand is now owned by a Japanese corporation. The brand was previously the clothing sponsor of British tennis player Andy Murray.
    Perry's final marriage to Barbara Riese in 1952 lasted over forty years, until his death.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children Penny and David. The sister of Barbara (Bobby) Riese was the actress Patricia Roc. Perry had an older sister Edith, they were both born in Stockport, Cheshire. Edith greatly supported her younger brother throughout his sporting achievements. Perry had a half sister, Sylvia. Perry died at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia after breaking his ribs following a fall in a hotel bathroom. Perry is considered by some to have been one of the greatest male players ever to have played the game. In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, called Perry one of the six greatest players of all time. Kings of the Court, a video-tape documentary made in 1997 in conjunction with the International Tennis Hall of Fame, named Perry one of the ten greatest players of all time. But this documentary only considered those players who played before the Open era of tennis that began in 1968, with the exception of Rod Laver, who spanned both eras, so that all of the more recent great players are missing.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 35
    Then, in 1945, he married Lorraine Walsh, but that marriage also ended quickly.
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  • 1941
    Age 31
    In 1941 he was briefly married to a model, Sandra Breaux.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 28
    Perry also won the US Pro title in 1938 and 1941, held in Chicago in both those years.
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    Don Budge won the Grand Slam in 1938 as an amateur and then turned professional and played a series of matches against both Vines and Perry in 1939, beating Vines 22 times to 17, and beating Perry by 28 victories to 8.
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    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.
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  • 1937
    Age 27
    In 1937, they played 61 matches in the United States on their big tour, with Vines winning 32 and Perry 29.
    More Details Hide Details They then sailed to Britain, where they played a brief tour. Perry won six matches out of nine, so they finished the year tied at 35 victories each.
    He made his professional debut on 6 January 1937 at the Madison Square Garden against the best professional player, Ellsworth Vines.
    More Details Hide Details For the next two years he played lengthy tours against Vines.
  • 1936
    Age 26
    After three years as the world No. 1 tennis amateur player, Perry turned professional in late 1936.
    More Details Hide Details This led to his being virtually ostracised by the British tennis establishment.
    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.
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  • 1935
    Age 25
    In 1935 he married an American film star Helen Vinson, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1940.
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  • 1934
    Age 24
    Perry had a romantic relationship with the actress Marlene Dietrich and in 1934 he announced his engagement to the British actress Mary Lawson, but the relationship fell apart after Perry moved to America.
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    Along with the US, French and Australian Amateur championships, Perry won the Wimbledon men's title three times in succession between 1934 and 1936.
    More Details Hide Details His final triumph was a 6–1, 6–1, 6–0 victory over the German Baron Gottfried von Cramm which lasted less than 45 minutes. It became the quickest final in the 20th century and the second shortest of all time. Perry had been able to pick up the information from the Wimbledon masseur that von Cramm had been treated for a groin strain and was as a result having difficulty moving wide on the forehand. Perry's success attracted the adoration of the crowds at Wimbledon particularly as he contrasted sharply with the privileged background of most patrons and players associated with the All England Club at the time. The upper echelons of the British tennis establishment greeted his success more coolly, regarding him as an "upstart". After winning his maiden Wimbledon title, Perry recalled overhearing a Wimbledon committee member remark that "the best man didn't win." His All England Club member's tie, awarded to all winners of the Championships, was left for him on a chair in his dressing room.
    Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years.
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  • 1933
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Perry competed in a total of 20 Davis Cup matches, winning 34 of his 38 rubbers in singles, and 11 out of 14 in doubles.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1929
    Age 19
    Although Perry began his tennis career aged 18, he was also a Table Tennis World Champion in 1929.
    More Details Hide Details 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. But due to his disillusionment with the class-conscious nature of the Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain, the working-class Perry turned professional at the end of the 1936 season and moved to the United States where he became a naturalised US citizen in 1938. In 1942, he was drafted into the US Air Force during the Second World War. Despite his unprecedented contribution to British tennis, Perry was not accorded full recognition by tennis authorities until later in life because between 1927 and 1967, the International Lawn Tennis Federation, ignored amateur champions that later turned professional. In 1984, a statue of Perry was unveiled at Wimbledon, and in the same year he 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.
  • 1928
    Age 18
    In 1928–29, Perry won several medals in the single, double and team events in the World Table Tennis Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He had exceptional speed and played with the Shakehand style, attacking the ball low and on the rise.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Born
    Perry was born in Stockport, in 1909 where his father, Samuel Perry (1877–1954), was a cotton spinner.
    More Details Hide Details 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 and Wallasey Grammar School. Perry moved to Brentham Garden Suburb in Ealing, west London aged eleven years when his father became the national secretary of the Co-operative Party after World War I. His father became the Co-operative Party Member of Parliament for Kettering in 1929. Perry first began to play tennis on the public courts near his family's housing estate. He was educated at Ealing Grammar School for Boys.
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