The Last Champion: The Life of Fred Perry

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Random House, Nov 10, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

Discover the ultimate read for any tennis fan.

'The first clear-eyed account of an extraordinary life' Independent on Sunday

Wimbledon champion three times in the 1930s, Fred Perry is the finest tennis player that Britain has ever produced. Less well known is that Perry came from an unprivileged background and found himself - despite his supreme talent - an outsider in a sport that looked down on the advancement of the under-classes.

Not afraid to ruffle a few establishment feathers, Perry discarded his hallowed amateur status in 1936 and turned professional. He compounded this perceived sin by taking out US citizenship when the Second World War broke out. He embraced his new country wholeheartedly. From Hollywood to Florida, Perry led a scandalous private life, marrying four times and charming himself into the beds of numerous Hollywood starlets and beautiful models along the way.

The Last Champion is the first biography of Fred Perry. Through extensive research and revealing interviews, Jon Henderson, tennis correspondent of the Observer, brilliantly tells the remarkable story of this remarkable man.

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

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About the author (2009)

Jon Henderson has covered every Wimbledon since 1969. He was tennis correspondent and chief subeditor of the Observer from 1991 - 2009.

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