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Virginia Wade

(1945-), Tennis player

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Bournemouth, Wade was raised in South Africa before attending Sussex University. She became a professional tennis player in 1968 and was the first woman to be elected to the Wimbledon Committee. She was the number one British female tennis player for over a decade and was ranked in the world top ten for thirteen consecutive years. During her career she won 55 singles titles and 839 matches, most significantly the Wimbledon Singles Title in 1977. Since her retirement in 1986, Wade has provided TV commentary for the BBC and various networks in the USA. She was appointed an OBE in 1986.

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Virginia Wade, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG P1067

Virginia Wade

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print, June 1962
NPG P1067

Virginia Wade, by David Wynne - NPG 7009

Virginia Wade

by David Wynne
bronze cast, 1972
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7009

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