Fred Perry

Fred Perry In His Own Words
  • Fred Perry In His Own Words

  • Fred Perry conquered the tennis world and was, until Andy Murray in 2012, the last Englishman to win Wimbledon. Yet despite achieving fame and fortune, his life began in humble surroundings on the banks of the River Goyt in Stockport. In this fascinating audio portrait, we hear Perry's story in his own words.

    He discusses his life and professional career in the following extracts: Be My Guest, BBC Radio 2 (first broadcast 26 March 1980); The Archie MacPherson Interview, BBC Radio (first broadcast 23 June 1985); Sport on Four, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 13 May 1989); Sport on Five, BBC Radio 5 (first broadcast 26 June 1993).

    Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Frederick John Perry was born in Stockport in 1909. A championship-winning tennis and table tennis player, he won ten major tournaments in the course of his career, including eight Grand Slams. He also won Wimbledon three times in consecutive years (1934-1936) and led Great Britain's tennis team to victory in the Davis Cup in 1933. Perry was also a table-tennis world champion, winning several medals in the single, double and team events in the World Table Tennis Championships in 1928-9. Perry remained the last British man to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon for 76 years, until Andy Murray achieved victory in 2012.

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