06 August 2009

Perry and Mary

On this day in 1936, the world's top ranking tennis star at the time, Fred Perry, sailed for New York aboard the RMS Queen Mary. Perry, who had once been romantically involved with Marlene Dietrich, said he would seek his third U.S. Open singles title (he had won previously in 1933 and 1934).

Not only is Perry credited with inventing the sweatband, he created his own popular line of polo shirts, which today third-ranked British tennis player, Andy Murray, has adopted as his clothing sponsor.

Perry is shown here on the Queen Mary boat train.

Getty Images
New York Times

No comments:

Post a Comment