The All England Club will soon be host once again to England’s tennis tournament known as Wimbledon. It is a time not only to enjoy strawberries and cream and royal watching but one to look back at some of the greatest athletes to grace the grass court.
Martina Navratilova – Considered to be the greatest Wimbledon champion ever Martina Navratilova has twenty Wimbledon trophies nine of which are for Singles victories.
Billy Jean King – The winner of twenty Wimbledon Titles – six of those for Singles play – Billie Jean is not only the first woman to wear glasses during play but is also a champion of equal prize-winning pay for women at the tournament.
Bjorn Borg – Considered to be the first rock star of tennis followed by screaming girls for his long hair and Swedish good looks. In spite of the distraction Borg went on to win five consecutive Wimbledon championships. He is the only player to win both Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year for three consecutive years.
Pete Sampras – Seven-time winner of Wimbledon was denied the chance to equal Bjorn Borg’s record when Roger Federer beat him in the fourth round of the 2001 tournament.
Helen Wills Moody – Known as “Little Miss Poker Face” for her on court presence Helen Wills Moody won eight Wimbledon titles winning four in row from 1927 to 1930.
Steffi Graf – The winner of seven Wimbledon titles Graf was ranked as World Number 1 tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association for 377 consecutive weeks. She is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player ever.
Dorothea Douglas Lambert Chambers – A Londoner and seven-time champion winning her first Wimbledon in 1903. Dorothea published a book “Tennis for Ladies” in 1910 and retired from singles play in 1921.
Suzanne Lenglen – Winner of six Wimbledon singles and five doubles championships, six French singles and three doubles championships. Winner of the 1920 Gold Medal and eighty major Singles titles overall. Lenglen died at the age of thirty-eight from leukemia in 1938.
Roger Federer – Considered to be the greatest tennis play ever for his drive and ambition, Federer is the holder of five Wimbledon titles all of which were won consecutively. As of this writing, Federer is still playing and has the chance to increase his winning record.
Fred Perry – The winner of three consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1934 to 1936 Perry is the last British man to win at the All England Club.