Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years. Perry was the first player to win a Career Grand Slam and he remains the only British player ever to achieve this. Although Perry began his tennis career aged 18, he was also a Table Tennis World Champion in 1929, in 1942, he was drafted into the US Air Force during the Second World War. Perry was born in Stockport, in 1909 where his father, for the first decade of his life, he also lived in Bolton, Lancashire, and Wallasey, Cheshire, because his father was involved in local politics. When living in Wallasey he attended Liscard Primary School and Wallasey Grammar School, Perry moved to Brentham Garden Suburb in Ealing, west London aged eleven years when his father became the national secretary of the Co-operative Party after World War I. His father became the Co-operative Party Member of Parliament for Kettering in 1929, Perry first began to play tennis on the public courts near his familys housing estate. He was educated at Ealing Grammar School for Boys, in 1928–29, Perry won several medals in the single, double and team events in the World Table Tennis Championships. He had exceptional speed and played with the Shakehand style, attacking the ball low, along with the US, French and Australian Amateur championships, Perry won the Wimbledon mens title three times in succession between 1934 and 1936. His final triumph was a 6–1, 6–1, 6–0 victory over the German Baron Gottfried von Cramm which lasted less than 45 minutes and it became the quickest final in the 20th century and the second shortest of all time. Perry had been able to pick up the information from the Wimbledon masseur that von Cramm had been treated for a strain and was as a result having difficulty moving wide on the forehand. The upper echelons of the British tennis establishment greeted his success more coolly, after winning his maiden Wimbledon title, Perry recalled overhearing a Wimbledon committee member remark that the best man didnt win. His All England Club members tie, awarded to all winners of the Championships, was left for him on a chair in his dressing room. In the Davis Cup, Perry led the Great Britain team to four victories from 1933 to 1936, with wins over France in 1933, the United States in 1934 and 1935. Perry competed in a total of 20 Davis Cup matches, winning 34 of his 38 rubbers in singles, after three years as the world No.1 tennis amateur player, Perry turned professional in late 1936. This led to his being ostracised by the British tennis establishment. He made his debut on 6 January 1937 at the Madison Square Garden against the best professional player. For the next two years he played lengthy tours against Vines, in 1937, they played 61 matches in the United States on their big tour, with Vines winning 32 and Perry 29. They then sailed to Britain, where they played a brief tour, Perry won six matches out of nine, so they finished the year tied at 35 victories each
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The house where Fred Perry was born in on 33 Carrington Road, Stockport.
Fred Perry (right) with Pat Hughes at White City in Sydney, Australia in 1934
A statue of Fred Perry at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon