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Shirley Fry
Shirley Fry Irvin 1953 (cropped).jpg
Fry in the Netherlands in 1953
Full nameShirley June Fry Irvin
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Born (1927-06-30) June 30, 1927 (age 94)
Akron, Ohio, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Retired1957
PlaysRight–handed
Int. Tennis HoF1970 (member page)
Singles
Career record0–0
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1956)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1957)
French OpenW (1951)
WimbledonW (1956)
US OpenW (1956)
Doubles
Career record0–0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1957)
French OpenW (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953)
WimbledonW (1951, 1952, 1953)
US OpenW (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1952)
WimbledonW (1956)
US OpenF (1951, 1955)
Team competitions
Wightman CupW (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956)
Shirley June Fry Irvin (née Fry; born June 30, 1927) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from the United States. During her career, which lasted from the early 1940s until the mid-1950s, she won the singles title at all four Grand Slam events as well as 13 doubles titles. As of 2021, Fry Irvin is the longest surviving female Grand Slam and Wimbledon singles champion.
Contents
1 Biography
2 Grand Slam finals
2.1 Singles: 8 (4 titles–4 runners-up)
2.2 Doubles: 19 (12 titles, 7 runner-ups)
2.3 Mixed doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)
3 Grand Slam tournament timelines
3.1 Singles
3.2 Doubles
4 See also
5 Notes
6 References
7 External links
Biography
Fry was raised in Akron, Ohio and started playing tennis competitively at age nine. She was educated at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she graduated in 1949.
Fry is one of 10 women to have won each Grand Slam singles tournament at least once during her career. She is also one of seven women (with Hart, Court, Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams) to have won all four Grand Slam doubles tournaments. At the U.S. National Championship (precursor of the U.S. Open) in 1942, Irvin reached the singles quarterfinals at the age of 15. At Wimbledon in 1953, Fry and Hart lost only four games during the entire women's doubles tournament and won three matches without losing a game, including the semifinals and finals, the latter over Connolly and Julia Sampson. Fry won the last three Grand Slam singles tournaments she entered, including wins over Althea Gibson in the Wimbledon quarterfinal and U.S. Championship final in 1956 and the Australian Championships final in 1957.
Fry was ranked in the world top 10 in 1946 and 1948 and from 1950 through 1955 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), and No. 1 in 1956. The United States Lawn Tennis Association ranked her in the U.S. top 10 from 1944 through 1955 and No. 1 in 1956. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970.
From 1951 through 1956 she participated in the Wightman Cup, the women's team competition between Great Britain and the United States, and contributed to the U.S. victory during each of these editions with the exception of 1954, when her final doubles rubber was not played. She compiled a 10–2 W/L record.
Fry married Karl Irvin in Australia, in February 1957 after which she retired from top-level tennis. The couple had four children.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 8 (4 titles–4 runners-up)
Result
Year
Championship
Surface
Opponent
Score
Loss
1948
French Championships
Clay
Nelly Adamson Landry
2–6, 6–0, 0–6
Win
1951
French Championships
Clay
Doris Hart
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Loss
1951
Wimbledon
Grass
Doris Hart
1–6, 0–6
Loss
1951
U.S. Championships
Grass
Maureen Connolly
3–6, 6–1, 4–6
Loss
1952
French Championships
Clay
Doris Hart
4–6, 4–6
Win
1956
Wimbledon
Grass
Angela Buxton
6–3, 6–1
Win
1956
U.S. Championships
Grass
Althea Gibson
6–3, 6–4
Win
1957
Australian Championships
Grass
Althea Gibson
6–3, 6–4
Doubles: 19 (12 titles, 7 runner-ups)
Result
Year
Championship
Surface
Partner
Opponents
Score
Loss
1948
French Championships
Clay
Mary Arnold
Doris Hart Patricia Canning Todd
4–6, 2–6
Loss
1949
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
4–6, 8–10
Win
1950
French Championships
Clay
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
1–6, 7–5, 6–2
Loss
1950
Wimbledon
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
4–6, 7–5, 1–6
Loss
1950
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
2–6, 3–6
Win
1951
French Championships
Clay
Doris Hart
Beryl Bartlett Barbara Scofield
10–8, 6–3
Win
1951
Wimbledon
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
6–2, 13–11
Win
1951
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Nancy Chaffee Patricia Canning Todd
6–4, 6–2
Win
1952
French Championships
Clay
Doris Hart
Hazel Redick-Smith Julia Wipplinger
7–5, 6–1
Win
1952
Wimbledon
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Maureen Connolly
8–6, 6–3
Win
1952
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Maureen Connolly
10–8, 6–4
Win
1953
French Championships
Clay
Doris Hart
Maureen Connolly Julia Sampson
6–4, 6–3
Win
1953
Wimbledon
Grass
Doris Hart
Maureen Connolly Julia Sampson
6–0, 6–0
Win
1953
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
6–2, 7–9, 9–7
Loss
1954
Wimbledon
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
6–4, 7–9, 1–6
Win
1954
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
6–4, 6–4
Loss
1955
U.S. Championships
Grass
Doris Hart
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Loss
1956
U.S. Championships
Grass
Betty Rosenquest
Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont
3–6, 0–6
Win
1957
Australian Championships
Grass
Althea Gibson
Mary Bevis Hawton Fay Muller
6–2, 6–1
Mixed doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)
Result
Year
Championship
Surface
Partner
Opponents
Score
Loss
1951
U.S. Championships
Grass
Mervyn Rose
Doris Hart Frank Sedgman
3–6, 2–6
Loss
1952
French Championships
Clay
Eric Sturgess
Doris Hart Frank Sedgman
8–6, 3–6, 3–6
Loss
1953
Wimbledon
Grass
Enrique Morea
Doris Hart Vic Seixas
7–9, 5–7
Loss
1955
U.S. Championships
Grass
Gardnar Mulloy
Doris Hart Vic Seixas
5–7, 7–5, 2–6
Win
1956
Wimbledon
Grass
Vic Seixas
Gardnar Mulloy Althea Gibson
2–6, 6–2, 7–5
Grand Slam tournament timelines
Key
W
 F 
SF
QF
#R
RR
Q#
A
NH
Singles
Tournament
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
19461
19471
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
Career SR
Australian Championships
NH
NH
NH
NH
NH
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
W
1 / 1
French Championships
R
R
R
R
A
A
A
F
A
QF
W
F
SF
A
A
A
A
1 / 5
Wimbledon
NH
NH
NH
NH
NH
A
A
QF
4R
QF
F
SF
SF
QF
A
W
A
1 / 8
U.S. Championships
1R
QF
1R
QF
1R
1R
3R
3R
3R
QF
F
SF
SF
SF
QF
W
A
1 / 16
SR
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 3
0 / 2
0 / 3
1 / 3
0 / 3
0 / 3
0 / 2
0 / 1
2 / 2
1 / 1
4 / 30
Doubles
Tournament
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
19461
19471
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
Career SR
Australian Championships
A
NH
NH
NH
NH
NH
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
W
1 / 1
French Championships
R
R
R
R
A
A
A
F
A
W
W
W
W
A
A
A
A
4 / 5
Wimbledon
NH
NH
NH
NH
NH
A
A
3R
SF
F
W
W
W
F
A
SF
A
3 / 8
U.S. Championships
A
1R
1R
QF
SF
SF
SF
SF
F
F
W
W
W
W
F
F
A
4 / 15
SR
0 / 0
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 1
0 / 3
0 / 2
1 / 3
3 / 3
3 / 3
3 / 3
1 / 2
0 / 1
0 / 2
1 / 1
12 / 29
R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.
1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.
See also
Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam final
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