OBITUARIES : Fred Perry

Frederick John Perry, tennis player, businessman: born Stockport 18 May 1909; married 1935 Helen Vinson (marriage dissolved), 1941 Sandra Breaux (marriage dissolved), 1945 Lorraine Walsh (marriage dissolved), 1952 Barbara Reis (one daughter, one a doptedson); died Melbourne, Australia 2 February 1995.

Fred Perry, father of British tennis, dies

`He was a superlative ambassador for sport throughout the world. He was a great character, big-hearted, and a true champion'

Tennis / Wimbledon '94: Bates is at peace on his patch: Guy Hodgson watches the British No 1 on his happy hunting ground - Familiarity breeds more home success on Court 14 while the leading women assert themselves following Graf's departure

JEREMY BATES did not wiggle a la Chris Wilkinson when he won yesterday, he just waved at the crowd and then wrapped his arms metaphorically around the scene of his triumph. Court 14 is his favourite part of Wimbledon. His stage, if a British tennis player can safely be accused of bestriding anywhere.

Tennis: Wimbledon '93 / Sampras serves up strong case for the defence: Men's champion delivers a stern warning with 25 aces as victorious Agassi takes on the role of court jester

IT WAS a pleasant day for royalty. The Duke and Duchess of Kent were presented with replicas of the singles trophies, the first British citizens to possess them since Fred Perry (1936) and Virginia Wade (1977).

Tennis / Wimbledon '93: A powerful new champion wins over Wimbledon crowd after beating its favourites

INDEPENDENCE Day was marked by Pete Sampras, a 21-year-old Californian, yesterday becoming the 21st American to be crowned men's singles champion at Wimbledon, writes John Roberts.

Tennis / Wimbledon '93: Sampras confronts the Vegas showman: Trevor Haylett on today's men's quarter-finals

JUST TO make Pete Sampras feel even more alone on Centre Court this afternoon, it is now a fact of official record that Andre Agassi is the most popular sporting star among British fans. More loved by women, the kids and some of the men than even Frank Bruno, Nigel Mansell, Linford Christie or Will Carling. Gazza eat your heart out.

Tennis /Wimbledon '93:: Britain's young breed court success: Guy Hodgson on the confident mood of the nation's new sporting heroes

THE body language of home players at Wimbledon used to say it all. 'I'm British, so beat me,' the hanging heads, the drooped shoulders and the rigid-with-nerves arms would announce as strokes were aimed away from the lines into the comfort zones of mid-court and were promptly returned for winners. The impetus seemed to be a search for defeat without humiliation.

Tennis / Wimbledon '93: Wilkinson fails to follow up his breaks

THE LAST great British Davis Cup team was introduced to the Centre Court yesterday, but the next great British victory was not forthcoming. Although Chris Wilkinson, the man who has spearheaded the renaissance in domestic men's tennis during the last month, cracked Stefan Edberg's composure yesterday, he could not defeat the man.

Tennis / Wimbledon '93: Bailey within an ace of making Britain's day: Last year's finalist forced to rely heavily on his reserves of resilience and a trusted weapon while the elder statesman bids farewell

THE atmosphere was more electric than a month of middle Sundays. The Fred Perry statue gave a quiver, and Fred himself nodded in approval. Alas, Chris Bailey could not quite deliver the British victory that would have made the day complete.

Tennis: Edberg gets back into his stride: Swede takes a tentative step towards a full set of Grand Slam titles

THE only shock at the French Open here yesterday was when a pysiotherapist arrived on the Centre Court to treat Stefan Edberg. The application of spray to the player's groin worked wonders, relieving us of one of those Edberg jinx stories.

Tennis: Wimbledon's blueprint for the 21st century: A new No 1 Court is centrepiece of the All England Club's pounds 100m redevelopment. John Roberts reports

THE All England Club announced yesterday that it is ready to dress up for the 21st century. A new No 1 Court is planned as the first phase of a pounds 100m-plus redevelopment programme designed to preserve Wimbledon's status as the world's most prestigious tennis tournament.

Sports Letters: British shortfall

Sir: I am sorry to hear that Britain's No 1 tennis player, Jeremy Bates, was rudely knocked out of the first round of the Qatar Open by an unknown Russian 18-year-old, 6-3, 6-3 then suffered another first-round loss in Melbourne this week. Before Qatar, he complained that he had no competition for the previous nine weeks. This is indeed a sad state of affairs. Is there no one in Britain who can give Jeremy even a decent knock-up? What would Dan Maskell or Fred Perry (or Kitty Godfree) say about that? Not long ago, any one of them would have given young Bates a run for his money, and taught him a few things, eg not to make excuses.

Maskell: the dream team man: John Roberts echoes the tennis world's tributes to Dan Maskell, who died yesterday

DAN MASKELL, who died yesterday, aged 84, did not lend his voice to Wimbledon this year. So Wimbledon, in the form of the Centre Court spectators, expressed the sentiments of the nation to Dan when the retired BBC commentator stepped into the royal box for a presentation on the opening day of the championships.

Tennis: Dormant talent awaits stimulus of mettle guru: The world's most successful tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri is setting up summer camp in Britain to target blue-collar hopefuls. Guy Hodgson reports

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