- Sandra Harwitt
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In British tennis, Fred Perry's become an immortal icon by virtue of being the last British man to win a Grand Slam title.
Perry, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, won three titles at Wimbledon. He won his last two majors in 1936 at Wimbledon and at the U.S Championships.
Since that occasion 76 years ago, the Brits have been waiting as patiently for their next male champion.
It is in Perry’s footsteps that Andy Murray will be trying to follow on Sunday when he plays in his first Wimbledon -- and fourth -- Grand Slam final.
What makes the Perry worship interesting is he was not a happy London lad in his time. The British tennis establishment was posh and Perry, from a working-class East Ender background, was considered an interloper.
So what did Perry do? He moved to America. He became a U.S. citizen in 1938 and served in the Air Force in World War II.
Perry ended up being a part of the American glitterati and dated Hollywood stars Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow. He married four times.
Of course, the Brits tend to leave out those details when discussing Perry, pretending like it never happened.
There is an all-in-the-American-tennis-family story surrounding the late Perry. His daughter, Penny Perry is married to Chris Evert’s older brother, Drew.
And as for Murray, for now there doesn't seem to be concern that he's going to follow Perry and switch citizenship. But we shouldn't forget that Murray does have an apartment on Miami's swanky Brickell Avenue where he spends a lot of time during the year.