Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Advent calendar day 15 #11 Fred Perry

Day 15 of the countdown to the greatest player of all time

11th Best Player of all time
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Fred Perry

Grand Slams won - 8
Grand Slam Finals lost - 2
Overall amount of singles titles won - ?
Overall Match Winning percentage - ?
Top rank - 1

The legendary British player, having won 8 of his 10 Grand Slam Finals. He was the first man or woman, now one of seven men, to have won a career Grand Slam. He took his first Grand Slam at the US Open 1933, taking the Australian Open and Wimbledon the next year and finally finishing his career Grand Slam with victory at the French Open in 1935. In 1936 he took the last 2 Grand Slams of the season and left the tour to go to pro-slams in 1937. This means in 13 Grand Slams, he won 8 and made 10 Finals, an incredible record, and he would have probably won many more if he had stayed at the Grand Slam tour. He was world number 1 between 1934 and 1937 as well as 1941. He was also ranked world number 2 a few times. In 1933 he helped Great Britain to a Davis Cup victory. Yes, I know hard to believe. He had an incredible forehand and was a great player but one weakness allowed his greatest rivals to beat him: he sliced most of his backhands. He was also the creator of the brand "Fred Perry." In 1995 at the age of 85, he died. 

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