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It’s not often that we talk much idf at all about women in sports, and it’s a shame even to admit that but for a change Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday is ladies day we are highlighting the women …in this case in Tennis. First  Virginia Wade.

She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles. She won the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament’s centenary year, and was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012. She remains the last British female to have won a Grand Slam singles title. After retiring from competitive tennis, she coached for four years[3] and has also worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.

Over her career, Wade won 55 professional singles championships and amassed $1,542,278 dollars in career prize money. She was ranked in the world’s top 10 continuously from 1967 to 1979. Her career spanned a total of 26 years. She retired from singles competition at the end of the 1985 tennis season, and then from doubles at the end of 1986.

In 1983, at the age of 37, she won the Italian Open women’s doubles championship, along with her teammate Virginia Ruzici of Romania.

The 24 times that Wade played in the women’s singles tournament at Wimbledon is an all-time record.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes…Virginia Wade.


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