Tuesday, 12th Jul 2011
The Writing's on the Wall
Currently celebrating it's 100th year, The Brentham Club in Ealing paid homage to its most famous tennis player this week with a honorary plaque dedicated to Fred Perry. After his father Sam was re-located to London for work, Fred took his passion for table tennis with him and promptly joined the Ealing club in 1919. It was here that Fred discovered lawn tennis, and practiced his game every evening before winning the club's Championship tournaments in 1926 and 1927. Ever ambitious, Fred continued to hone his skills and went on to win Wimbledon in 1934, 1935, and 1936.
Proving that hard work and dedication pays off, Fred's plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Ealing and the CEO of the Lawn Tennis Association Roger Draper. The CEO said it was "an absolute honour to have officially unveiled a plaque to such a sporting legend as Fred Perry”, citing The Brentham Club as being "at the heart of our sport’s efforts to encourage more people to play tennis.” The Club's centenary celebrations continued with a transportation back to 1910, with club members dressing in period tennis attire to celebrate its history; whilst 50 tennis juniors competed in a showcase of future British talent.