35 and 74 Years

The first tennis game that I watched was the 1977 women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Virginia Wade won that game; the last British person to win a singles title at Wimbledon. Until this year, she was the last Brit to reach a final; until Andy Murray became the first British man to achieve that feat in 74 years.


The year that Ms Wade won her title was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. This year is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Of course Virginia did not face a final opponent of the statue of Roger Federer.

For those who want more trivial information, the last British man before Murray to reach the final was Bunny Austin in 1938. Two years prior Fred Perry was the last home winner of the title.

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