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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fred Perry's Birthplace

Despite the best efforts of such British tennis players as Roger Taylor, Tim Henman and more recently Andy Murray, Fred Perry (1909-1995) remained the last UK-born player to win a Grand Slam until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012, his first win in five Grand Slam finals, and followed that success up by finally winning Wimbledon in 2013.

Fred Perry's Birthplace Stockport

Perry won eight Grand Slams in total including consecutive Wimbledon championships from 1934 to 1936 as well as the US and Australian titles. Perry was ostracised by the British tennis authorities after he turned professional following his final Wimbledon triumph in 1936.

Perry subsequently moved to the US and became a US citizen. Perry was World Table Tennis Champion before he took to playing tennis seriously and his success at tennis owed  much to his ability to take the ball on the rise on the forehand as well as his immense competitive spirit.

Fred Perry's Birthplace Stockport

Perry had a number of relationships with glamourous women in the 1930s including Marlene Dietrich and British actress Mary Lawson. He went on to found the Fred Perry clothing label and the Fred Perry shirt became an iconic fashion statement for many in the youth scene of the 1960s and 1970s.

Perry was born in Offerton, Stockport and his birthplace is marked with a blue plaque. Fred Perry Way in his hometown is named after the great man and is a walking path from Woodford to Reddish through Stockport including Vernon Park.

Stockport also boasts another fine tennis player, Liam Broady, who is still a junior but hoping to emulate the great Fred Perry.

Fred Perry Walk

Other places of interest in and around Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Stockport Market, the Air Raid Shelters, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Hat Museum.

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