|Birth Name:||Sarah Virginia Wade|
Virginia Wade Tennis career it seems ended a long time ago but her identity as the winner of three Grand Slam singles and four Grand Slams doubles are milestones in history.
Virginia Wade tennis singles grand slam titles winner were the US Open in 1968, Australian Open in 1972 and Wimbledon in 1977. She qualifies for French Open twice in 1970 and 1972. Virginia also won four grand slam doubles. Virginia Wade tennis career span was 26 years and took a top ten ranking for 12 years between 1967 and 1979. She is the winner of Italian Open in 1987 at the age of 37 and she played in Wimbledon for 26 times with all time record.
Sarah Virginia Wade was born on 10 July 1945 took her first breath in Bournemouth, England. The daughter of the Archdeacon of Durban at age one Virginia moved to South Africa with her parents. She learns to play tennis and moves back to England along with the family at the age of 15. She attends Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and Talbot Health School in Bournemouth at the beginning. Virginia Wade tennis life of pupil began at Wimbledon County Girls’ Grammar School as a team member of the tennis team in 1961. The University of Sussex gave her a degree in mathematics and physics in 1966.
Two years after graduation in 1968 Virginia Wade tennis championship win was at Bournemouth with the British Hard Court Open inaugural title. Virginia, at the time, turns down the prize money of US$720. She took part in the US Open in 1968, 5 months after the win at Bournemouth and earns the title defeating Billie Jean King with prize money $6000 ($41,322 approximately today).
The second Grand Slam of Virginia Wade Tennis career keeps away for four years and came as Australian Open in 1972. At the time Wade defeated the Australian Evonne Goolagong in the final 6-4, 6-4. The following year Virginia Wade tennis achievement comes as an appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1973 Birthday Honours for services to Lawn Tennis.
Virginia Wade tennis Wimbledon title keeps away from her for 16 years and gets into her hand in 1977, 9 years after the first Grand Slam. In the championship, she gives a shock defeat to the defending champion Chris Evert in a semifinal 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in her first appearance. The Wimbledon was auspicious with a century of founding the championship and Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. In the final of the championship, her opponent was Betty Stove and she beats Betty stove in front of Queen Elizabeth II just nine days before her 32nd birthday.
In the same year, Eamonn Andrews surprises her at the National Sports Stadium at London’s Crystal Palace. Virginia Wade tennis diva was at the time the subject of This Is Your Life in December 1977.
Virginia Wade tennis Grand Slams doubles titles are two The US Open Tennis Tournament Titles, one at the Australian Open and one French Open title. Moreover, in her career span, Virginia Wade tennis titles were 55 Professional singles Championships and earned $1,542,278 as career prize money. She held top ten ranking in the world for ten years from 1967 to 1979 with Virgina Wade tennis career span of 26 years.
In 1985 at the age of 40 Virginia Wade tennis singles career ends with a retirement and her doubles tennis career also ends the following year in 1986. She won her last doubles title three years before the retirement in Italian Open alongside her teammate Virginia Ruzici of Romania. The 26 years long tennis career span of Wade in tennis lets her play in Wimbledon throughout the career with twice in the doubles with a record.
Virginia Wade tennis career did not stop as a player only, she was also a reporter on tennis events for the BBC from 1981. Virginia was also a first woman to be Wimbledon Committee member through an election.
As Queen Elizbeth II Birthday Honours in 1986 Virginia gets appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Lawn Tennis. Three years after retirement as a player in all tennis sports in 1989, Wade was an inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
$1,542,278 is her total prize money through her career span. Wade is with her investments and incomes in many sources and resources living a simple life. Net Worth calculation becomes irritable in comparison to her achievements.
She alongside grand slams has won many other titles. In 1970 Wade won West Berlin Open and Irish Open a year after winning at Cape Town, Hoylake, Dewar-Perth, Dewar- Stalybridge, Dewar-Aberavon, Dewar-Crystal Palace, East-London. The following year she won Dewar Cup final-London. Then in 1973, she won in Dallas, Bournemouth and Dewar Cup Final – Albert Hall. Then in 1976, she won the U.S. Indoor Championships and Dewar Cup. In overall, the number of titles she holds is 55.