April 24, 2013
Following on from another Andy Murray’s spectacular performance at the Australian Open, here at Wimbledon Debenture Holders, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to celebrate the best of British.
So here is our guide to Britain’s greatest ever tennis stars.
The last British man to win at Wimbledon and worthy of the title of Britain’s best ever (well, for now).
Britain dominated tennis in the 30’s and Perry was at the forefront of that.
He won an incredible eight Grand Slam events in that decade alone, and was world no.1 in 1934.
Perry was also a formidable doubles player in this era, winning a further six Grand Slam events in both the regular and mixed disciplines.
The legacy he has left behind has meant that the Stockport born champion will always be a legend of British tennis.
Virginia Wade OBE
Virginia Wade is a former world no.2 and the only British Female to have won titles at all four Grand Slam events.
In 1968 she won the inaugural women’s US Open, beating the American Billie Jean King in the final.
She had to wait four years before her next Grand Slam victory arrived, as she beat Evonne Goolagong at the Australian Open.
1973 was a fantastic year for Wade, as she was victorious at three of the Grand Slam events, winning at the French, US and Australian Open’s, although this was as a doubles player.
But the only Grand Slam event that had alluded her as a singles player was Wimbledon and thankfully in 1977 she managed to defeat Betty Stöve, capping of an impressive career.
She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1986.
Still only 25, but Andy simply has to be put in the list, due to his achievements.
Andy has had an incredible career so far and is certainly the best British men’s player in the open era.
After turning pro in 2005, Murray’s career has gone from strength to strength, and has included four Grand Slam final appearances and one victory.
His victory at the US Open in 2012 made him the first British man since Fred Perry, 76 years previously, to win a Grand Slam event.
Hopefully, we will one day see Murray claim the Grand Slam that he wants most, Wimbledon.
So there you have it, the three players we feel have been Britain’s best. But who have we missed? Does Rusedki’s appearance at the US Open final in 1997 give him a chance of being on our list, or should Britain’s nearly man ‘Tiger’ Tim Henman be here?
We’d love to know what you think so please feel free to leave a comment.