Fred Perry

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Frederick John Perry (May 18, 1909 - February 2, 1995) was an English tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, England, his father was elected to the British House of Commons as a Labour Party member.


Early successes

Perry was a table tennis world champion before taking up tennis at the relatively late age of 18. He had exceptional speed from his table tennis days and played with the Continental grip, attacking the ball low and on the rise. He was the first player to win all four Grand Slam singles titles, though not all in the same year, and the first player to win those four titles consecutively (although once again not in the same year). He is currently the youngest player to have acheived the Career Grand Slam, doing so at the age of 26. Perry is the last British player to win the Wimbledon men's singles title, winning it three times in a row and becoming an English icon.

A statue of Fred Perry at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon
A statue of Fred Perry at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon

In 1933 Perry helped lead his team to victory over France in the Davis Cup, which earned Great Britain the Davis Cup for the first time in 21 years.

Sporting legacy

Perry is considered by some to have been one of the greatest male players to have ever played the game. 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.

Inside the Church Road gate at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, a statue of Fred Perry was erected in 1984 to mark the 50th anniversary of his first singles championship. In his birthplace, a special 14 mile (23 km) walking route, Fred Perry Way, was built by the city of Stockport and officially opened in September 2002.

Perry was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1975. He died in Melbourne, Australia.

Fred Perry clothing brand

The Fred Perry brand of clothing has been popular for many years. It is best known for the laurel logo on the left breast of its polo-style shirts. In the mid-1950s and through the early 1960s many considered the Fred Perry brand of male tennis shirts to be the best available. The laurel logo on the shirt was stitched into the fabric, for instance, rather than being merely being ironed on, as with the Cochet crocodile featured on competing Lacoste apparel. Later the brand became popular with skinheads, mods, and other youth sub-cultures.

Grand Slam Titles



  • Australian Open (1934)
  • French Open (1936)

Mixed Doubles

  • French Open (1932)
  • Wimbledon (1935, 1936)
  • US Open (1932)

See also

List of male tennis players

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