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BRITISH TENNIS: From the Renshaws To the Murrays
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Pictured is Maud Watson, winner of the inaugural Ladies' Singles title in 1884, the handsome, moustachioed three-times Wimbledon Champion Arthur Gore, seen in 1901, the French superstar Suzanne Lenglen, Devon's hard-hitting Mike Sangster in action at Wimbledon in 1965, the first colour photograph in the collection is of Sue Barker in 1977 and the last are Great Britain celebrating after winning the 2015 Davis Cup, showing the whole squad. Looking at lawn tennis history from its Victorian origins to the present day, Britain has a strong record of good fortune on the global stage. Barren spells have been counterbalanced by periods of ascendency such as the Victorian-Edwardian era and the 1930s. Learn how British players both men and women triumphed across the years at the four grand slam tournaments, in the Davis Cup, and in Olympic tennis. Discover who has delivered most for Britain in international tennis from the time of Lottie Dodd and the Renshaw brothers in the 1880s to Andy and Jamie Murray today, and the greats such as the Dohertys, Dorothea Lambert Chambers, Fred Perry, Mortimer, Truman, Jones and Wade. Discover why several high achievers like grand slam victors including Gregory, Nuthall and Scriven, and doubles champions like Hughes, Stammers, Buxton and Bloomer have often been unheralded and here merit inclusion in this selection of the top 40 British players of all time. 222pp, colour and b/w photos.

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