One of 10 female players able to win all 4 Grand Slam tournaments: Shirley Fry died
The world of sport and in particular of tennis are mourning the death of the great Shirley Fry. The champion, capable of winning all 4 Grand Slam tournaments at the turn of the 1950s, passed away at the age of 94 years old, peacefully in his sleep, in his home in Naples, Florida.
A few days from the final played by ours Matteo Berrettini in the very prestigious Wimbledon tournament, the final lost against the great Novak Djokovic, Tennis learns the news of the death of one of the greatest athletes of this sport.
Shirley Fry, one of the 10 tennis players in history to have won all 4 Grand Slam tournaments, died in her home in Naples, a municipality in the United States of America in Collier County, Florida.
The super champion, who will be remembered as one of the strongest players of all time, had 94 years old and she died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by the affection of her loved ones.
Shirley Fry’s career
Shirley June Fry Irvin was born in Akron, in Ohio, June 30, 1927. To direct it to the world of sport was his father, who was a great lover of running.
His career is told inautobiography entitled Once a Champions. Book in which the tennis player had told of having picked up a racket for the first time when she was alone 8 years.
My parents didn’t have much money and to be interested in sports you had to be independent, learn to do it by yourself. So, at nine, I was given my first test, which was to go to Cleveland to see the tournament: from then on, I was going to tournaments to compete.
TO 14 years made his debut at the US National Youth Championships. When he was 15 he reached the final for the first time. In 1951 he won his first major tournament: Roland Garros. The first of the 4 Grand Slams won in his career.
In the decade 1946-1956, he closed the season well 9 times in the top 10 in the world. And he won the beauty of 13 Grand Slam titles also in double.
She was married to the tennis referee and advertising executive named Karl Irvin, who died in 1976. The two had four children: Mark, Scott, Lori and Karen.