Remembering Shirley Fry Irvin, Akron tennis legend and Wimbledon champ

Akron tennis prodigy Shirley Fry, 13, holds the city championship trophy Sept. 15, 1940, at Portage Country Club.

Shirley Fry Irvin was an Akron tennis legend. As the world’s top rated-ranked feminine player in the mid-1950s, her identify applied to be a house term.

A 1970 inductee of the Global Tennis Corridor of Fame, she was just one of only 10 feminine players to seize singles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments: Wimbledon and nationwide championships in the United States, France and Australia. She was a person of only 6 gamers to also get doubles titles at each individual of the main tournaments.

Not lousy for a participant who barely took lessons.

She died at age 94 on July 16 in hospice treatment in Naples, Florida, a person 7 days after the 65th anniversary of her victory at Wimbledon.

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