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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Dennis Taylor Wins World Snooker Championship 1985

Dennis Taylor Wins World Snooker Championship 1985 The final of the World Snooker Championship between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in April, 1985, was arguably the most famous match in the history of the game. The dramatic deciding frame, which lasted over an hour, was not completed until after midnight and attracted a record television audience of 18.5 million viewers. My patience usually only stretches to a few exciting spins of a roulette wheel on kiwicasinos and so it’s quite something to admire masters at work!

In the best-of-35 final, Englishman Davis, who had already won the World Snooker Championship three times, in 1981, 1983 and 1984, completed dominated Northern Irishman Taylor, who had appeared in just one previous final, losing 24-16 to Terry Griffiths in 1979, in the early stages. Davis led 7-0 at the end of the opening session and extended his lead to 8-0 at the start of the second session before Taylor started to turn the tide on his opponent. All told, Taylor won seven of the nine frames played to trail 7-9 overnight and, on the second day, tied the match at 11-11, 15-15 and 17-17, to force a deciding frame.

Understandably, the final frame was a tense, nervous affair but, with the final four colours remaining, Davis led 62-44, such that Taylor required all four balls to win. Taylor potted a difficult brown, blue and pink to take the score to 59-62, before unsuccessfully attempting to cross double the black from its position under the side cushion. On his first bona fide attempt at the black, Taylor missed again, but Davis overcut his attempt into the top corner pocket, leaving Taylor with a straightforward, albeit nerve-wracking, mid-range pot into the same pocket.Taylor held his nerve and celebrated, in unsurprisingly emotional style, by waving his cue above his head and wagging his finger at the camera. I’m sure the prize money didn’t hurt either. On that note I best get back to my online slots real money shenanigans, to bring on a celebatory moment of my own!

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