17 Facts About Fred Perry

1. Fred Perry turned professional in 1936 and won two titles in the United States before retiring in 1952.

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2. Fred Perry won a gold at the 1929 world table tennis championships in Budapest.

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3. Fred Perry was born in Stockport in 1909 but his family soon moved to Bolton and then around the rest of the country as his father pursued his political career.

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4. Fred Perry said the per-credit cost is much higher than for credit-bearing courses.

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5. Fred Perry joined professional tennis in 1937 and was unable to compete in the Grand Slams tournaments.

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6. Fred Perry received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, from Washington and Lee University on 4 June 1987.

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7. Fred Perry was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1975.

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8. Fred Perry made a few changes to create the first sweatband.

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9. Fred Perry had an older sister Edith, they were both born in Stockport, Cheshire.

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10. Fred Perry won the US Pro title in 1938 and 1941, held in Chicago in both those years.

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11. Fred Perry made his professional debut on 6 January 1937 at the Madison Square Garden against the best professional player, Ellsworth Vines.

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12. Fred Perry was born in Stockport, in 1909 where his father, Samuel Perry, was a cotton spinner.

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13. In 1984, a statue of Fred 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.

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14. Fred Perry began playing tennis aged 14 and his tennis career at 21, when in 1930 an LTA committee chose him to join a four-man team to tour the United States.

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15. Fred Perry remains the only British player ever to achieve this.

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16. Fred Perry was the first player to win a "Career Grand Slam", winning all four singles titles, which he completed at the age of 26 at the 1935 French Open.

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17. Fred 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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