Tennis has been played in many forms for the last hundred years, and the game played in the late 19th century is the game we know today. Today the world of British tennis has changed.
The 4 Grand Slams: Wimbledon, French Open, US Open and the Australian Open are well known all over the world are watched by millions of fans and aspiring players.
The first British Male to win a grand slam was Spencer Gore who won the Wimbledon in 1877 and was runner-up in 1878.
In the same year, 1877, William Marshall became famous for finishing runner up against Spencer Gore.
- Briggs was the first to win the French Open in 1891.
The Australian Open had not been won until 1912 which was by James Cecil Parke.
The first British man to win all 4 of the Grand Slams was Fred Perry who won Wimbledon 3 times in 1934, 1935, 1936 and the French Open 2 times in 1935 and 1936. He won the US Open in 1933, 1934 and 11936 and the Australian Open in 1935. Perry was the first player to win a “Career Grand Slam” winning all four titles at the age of 26 and still remains the only British player to ever achieve this.
Andy Murray, currently ranked no.2 in the world has won Wimbledon once in 2013. The US Open in 2012 and was runner-up at the Australian Open four times. He recently helped win the Davis Cup in 2015.
The Great Britain Davis Cup team are the third most successful team in terms of championships won but have only been in two finals since the 1937. Their 2015 win was a first in 79 years, which is the longest interval between titles in this events history. The first Davis Cup win for Britain was in 1936 against Australia.
Andy Murray continues to keep Britain hopes up for more wins.