Fred Perry Knocked Unconscious by a Tennis Ball – 1936 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog


Fred Perry Knocked Unconscious by a Tennis Ball – 1936

We were browsing through various newspaper stories in The Archive to find quirky stories about tennis, and this report about Fred Perry being knocked unconscious by a tennis ball caught our eye.

As with football, tennis balls were much heavier back in the day…so we don’t think this would happen to Andy Murray at Wimbledon (touch wood!).

Thankfully, Fred eventually managed to recover and continue the match.

Um, we like to think that Fred asked the umpire if they could play with new balls after that incident.

Read some of the other historical newspaper stories about Wimbledon that we’ve been posting on the blog.

Western Daily Press – Thursday 16 April 1936

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