Remembering Shirley Fry Irvin, Akron tennis legend and Wimbledon champ

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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