Profile The last British tennis player to win Wimbledon, Fred Perry was also the first to win all four Grand Slam titles and is also the youngest to have won a career Grand Slam (Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Australian and US Open).
Fred Perry began as a table tennis player and won the World Championship of the sport in 1929 before switching to tennis. Four years after his table tennis World Championship victory, Perry won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, wrecking Australian Jack Crawford’s chances of becoming the first player to win the Grand Slam in a calendar year. The following year, in 1933, he won three of the four Grand Slam titles, missing the French Open through injury. In 1935, he lifted the French Open crown and became the first player to win all four Grand Slam titles during his career. Perry also won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1935, making him the first player to win successive Wimbledons since the defending champion had stopped receiving a bye to the final. He won his third successive Wimbledon in 1936 and his eighth, and last, Grand Slam title at the US Open that year. Perry then turned professional, a decision which did not go down well in his home country at all.
During his period as an amateur player, Perry also had great success in the Davis Cup, leading Great Britain to four successive wins between 1933 and 1936. No longer able to play in the competition due to his loss of amateur status, he later coached Australia to victory against the United States in 1939. After his playing career was finished, Perry began his own brand of clothing which rivalled that of former French tennis star Rene Lacoste’s clothing line. Perry died in 1995 having never seen another British player win Wimbledon since his final triumph in 1936.