Fred Perry Wins Wimbledon Highlights (VIDEO)

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Fred Perry Wins French Open 1935

Fred Perry Wins French Open 1935 Born in Stockport, England in 1909, Frederick John ‘Fred’ Perry was the most successful British tennis player ever. Long before a modern world of best mobile casinos and indeed before turning professional in late 1936 – a decision for which he was widely criticised – Perry spent three years as the number one ranked amateur tennis player in the world. In 1934, 1935 and 1936, Perry won eight Grand Slam singles, including three consecutive victories in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles without losing a set.

His most notable victory came in the French Championships, commonly known as the French Open, in 1935. The tournament was staged, as it is today, on outdoor red clay courts at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris. Perry dropped the first set of his second-round match against the unseeded Vladimir Landau but, thereafter, beat Enrique ‘Bubi’ Maier, fifteenth seed Don Turnbull, seventh seed Christian Boussus and third seed Jack Crawford in straight sets en route to the final.

In that final, second-seeded Perry faced reigning champion, and number one seed, Gottfried von Cramm, a tall, blonde Saxon aristocrat and one of the greatest tennis players Germany has ever produced. In any event, Perry defeated his illustrious opponent 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and, in so doing, became the first player ever to win all four Grand Slam singles titles – completing what is known, nowadays, as a ‘Career Grand Slam’. Perry accomplished the feat at the age of 26 and, decades later, remains the only British tennis player ever to have done so. Perhaps it’s a sign. I have take a moment away from and pick up a tennis racket!

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Chris Hoy Beijing 2008 (VIDEO)

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Chris Hoy Beijing 2008

Chris Hoy Beijing 2008 Chris Hoy, knighted for services to sport in the 2009 New Year Honours List, won his first Olympic cycling gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. On that occasion, he won the one-kilometre time trial, breaking the Olympic record in the process, but subsequently switched his attention to keirin and sprint events, with no little success.

Indeed, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Hoy put us online blackjack playing schlubs to shame by contesting the team sprint, keirin and individual sprint and won gold medals in all three events. In so doing, he became the first Briton since Henry Taylor, at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, to win three gold medals at the same Olympic Games and the most successful male Olympic cyclist in history.

At he Laoshan Velodrome, on the western outskirts of the Beijing, Hoy and team-mates Jason Kenny and Jamie Staff set a new world record of 42.950 seconds in qualifying for the team sprint and, in the final, beat the French trio of Gregory Bauge, Kevin Sireau and Arnaud Tornant by more than half a second. The following day, ‘The Flying Scotsman’, as Hoy was popularly known, was imperious in the keirin, going for home with a lap remaining in the final and cruising to victory over compatriot Ross Edgar in a time of 10.450 seconds. In the individual sprint, Hoy and Kenny were the fastest qualifiers and, fittingly, met in the final; Hoy won the final in two straight heats to complete his notable hat-trick. Some would say you need an element of good fortune, others would declare the feat pure skill. When I’m on much the same thoughts run through my mind!

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