Best British Tennis Players in History
Great Britain is home to some of the greatest tennis players of all-time.
Their accolades have been on display for all to see, ensuring that Brits (alongside other nations) stay in the limelight where the sport is concerned. And while some have shown great promise but never quite made it as far as was hoped for Britain (Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman we're looking at the both of you), others have exceeded all expectations.
So, join us as we take a look at some of Britain's best tennis players throughout history.
Nobody can deny the efforts and success that Virginia Wade had as a professional tennis player between the years of 1968 and 1986. Within that time frame, she managed to acquire 3 Grand Slams for herself as a singles competitor and another 4 while participating in doubles competition. Wade's biggest achievement probably came in 1977 when she won Wimbledon, which also coincided with the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The monarch was in the crowd to watch her crowning moment, too. A final addition to those accolades includes a record 26 appearances at Wimbledon – more than any other woman to date.
Born in Plymouth, Devon, Angela Mortimer is a former number one tennis player, who also won 3 Grand Slam titles during her career. These were the 1955 French Championships, the 1958 Australian Championships and Wimbledon in 1961. The latter of those occurred when she was 29-year-old and also partially deaf. The women's doubles titles were won by Mortimer and Anne Shilcock in 1955, completing a marvellous 11-year career.
One of the more recent success stories to come from the world of tennis, Andy Murray stands out as being one of the world's best tennis players today. He acquired the ranking of world number 1 in 2016 and 2017.
It was in 2012 that Murray claimed his first-ever Grand Slam, making him the first British male tennis player to do so since Fred Perry back in 1936. A massive number of sports bets were placed on Murray at the time, resulting in many people receiving a big pay-out from doing so. Sites like Efirbet.com may not have been so operational back then, but today, you can find respectable and trustworthy sportsbooks by using such. Platforms are reviewed at the site and their pros and cons are marked out, allowing you to locate a perfect sportsbook for your betting possibilities.
He may have been born back in 1909, but his legacy remains in the world of tennis to this day. He can easily be considered one of the nation's best players, even though he only had a seven-year career. Within that time period, he won 8 Grand Slams and 6 doubles Majors. Between 1934 and 1936, he won Wimbledon every year and these achievements led to him becoming world number 1 back then. Sadly, Perry passed away in 1995, but he will always be remembered as a legend of the game.
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