Virginia Wade presented Hall of Fame ring at Wimbledon
One of Britain's most celebrated tennis players, Hall of Famer Virginia Wade has contributed greatly to the rich history of British tennis. The moment that she was persented the 1977 Wimbledon trophy by Queen Elizabeth remains one of the more poignant moments in British tennis history, nearly 40 years later. As such, it was only appropriate that when she was presented with her official Hall of Fame ring, symbolizing the sport's highest achievment, the honor should take place at Wimbledon.
Wade was pesented with her ring on the middle Saturday of The Championships. International Tennis Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser and CEO Mark Stenning presented the ring, in a special ceremony hosted at Wade's statue on the property. The ceremony also aired on BBC, where Wade is now a commentator.
In addition to her Wimbledon title, Wade won the US Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1972. She also had great success in doubles, winning titles at the French Open, Australian Open, and the US Open. She is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four majors. Over course of her career. Wade won 55 singles titles, and achieved a ranking of world No. 2 in singles, and wold No. 1 in doubles. In recognition of her many accomplishments in tennis, Wade was presented with the highest honor in tennis in 1989 - enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest and most respected honor in the sport of tennis. The personalized Hall of Fame rings were introduced in 2011 and are being presented to Hall of Famers at tennis events around the world over the next few years as a special symbol of their Hall of Fame enshrinement. The rings bear a green stone set in gold, to complement the International Tennis Hall of Fame's brand colors.
Since 1955, 235 of the greatest champions and contributors to the sport have been enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis and honoring the game's greatest heroes. In addition, the Hall of Fame provides a landmark for tennis enthusiasts, offering an extensive museum that chronicles the history of the sport and its stars, historic grass tennis courts that date back to 1880 and are open to the public, an ATP World Tour tournament and the annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in July, and numerous public events year-round. To learn more, visit tennisfame.com.