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Britain’s Finest Tennis Moments

It’s fair to say that British tennis has endured some pretty disappointing times in the modern-era.

A catalogue of near misses, poor performances and ‘nearly-men’ has seen Blighty cast into the shadows of our cousins in Australia and across the pond.

But there have been some moments of genius, when Britain has truly been ‘Great’ and reigned supreme.

Here are our greatest British tennis moments.

Fred Perry dominates the 30s

Fred Perry is one of the great icons of tennis.

In his glittering career he managed to win fourteen Grand Slams (six of them as a doubles player), become the most decorated British player of all time and even create a hugely successful fashion company.

Perry was the last British man to win at Wimbledon, and managed to do so on three consecutive occasions.

An undisputed legend of the game.

Virginia Wade wins at Wimbledon

Although it’s almost 77 years since Fred Perry won at Wimbledon, it isn’t the last time a Brit won the coveted competition at SW19.

Virginia Wade holds that accolade.

Winner of three singles Grand Slam championships, Wade was the queen of British tennis in the 60’s and 70’s.

Although she’d been successful at the US, Australian and French Open as both a singles and doubles player, Wimbledon was the one Grand Slam that had allured her.

Seeded third, and aged 32 going into the 1977 Wimbledon Championships, she was un-fancied compared to favourites Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

This didn’t stop her however, as she defeated Betty Stöve in the final, writing her name in Wimbledon folklore.

 

Andy Murray wins the US Open

It had been a long wait, 76 years in fact, since a British man had won a Grand Slam Singles event.

After years of near misses, (Rusedski’s US Open final appearance and Tim Henman’s six semi-finals come to mind), Britain had been given a saviour in Andy Murray.

Going into the 2012 US Open decider, Murray had already appeared in three Grand Slam finals. And as he was taking on Novak Djokovic, he certainly wasn’t the favourite.

But Andy managed to defy the odds and become the first British man to win since the 1936, putting the UK on the tennis map once more.

So there you have it, our favourite British tennis moments. And with the talent the UK is currently producing, expect to be seeing even more success in the coming years.

This article was written by Sam Rigby on behalf of Wimbledon Debenture Holders, the home of Debenture tickets for the Wimbledon Championships. For more information, please visit the official site.

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