Shirley Fry Irvin

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Irvin in 1953

Shirley June Fry Irvin (née Fry; June 30, 1927 – July 13, 2021) was a world No. 1 American tennis player. She was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Winter Park, Florida.

Irvin was one of ten to have won each Grand Slam singles tournament at least once during her career. She was also one of seven women to have won all four Grand Slam doubles tournaments.

Irvin was ranked in the world top 10 in 1946 and 1948 and from 1950 through 1955 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), and #1 in 1956.[1] The United States Lawn Tennis Association ranked her in the U.S. top 10 from 1944 through 1955 and #1 in 1956.[2] She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970.

Irvin died on July 13, 2021 under hospice care in Naples, Florida at the age of 94.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 702–3. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
  2. United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 261.
  3. Tennis Hall of Famer Shirley Fry Irvin dies at 94

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