TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT FRED PERRY
Since the start of Wimbledon, Kevin Jefferys - author of Fred Perry: British Tennis Legend - has, understandably, been much in demand by the sporting media.
The book details how Perry ruffled feathers in the socially exclusive world of 1930s British tennis and why, despite amassing eight Grand Slam singles titles and ensuring Britain dominated the Davis Cup, he had a fractious relationship with the amateur tennis authorities. Fred’s departure for America to join the ranks of the paid pros damaged men’s tennis in Britain for years to come.
Now GQ magazine have put together an excellent Top 10 Fred Facts based on the book, taking in Perry's celebrity dates, showbiz doubles partners and still-iconic clothing brand.
Did you know that:
- Fred Perry was world champion at table tennis as a teenager?
- He dated a string of actresses and was married four times?
- He earned fame but not fortune as the world’s best player?