Virginia Wade Biography

Published On Jul 19, 2017
Facts of Virginia Wade
Date of Birth: 1945 , July-10
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
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Virginia Wade spent her childhood in South-Africa, there she also started to play tennis. After 14 years in South-Africa, her family returned back to England. 

Wade attended Talbot Health School and Tunbridge Wells Girl’s Grammer School and finally graduated from Sussex University. As Wade was passionate in tennis since her childhood, she decided to make it her profession.

At the age of 16, Virginia started her career as a tennis player, playing for Wimbledon County Girl’s Grammer School. During her time in that school, Wade won 55 professional singles championship along with Margaret Smith Court.

In addition to her career, she got an award for "the officer of the Order of the British Empire" and until now, also she is the last British player to win the tournament. 

Besides sports life, Wade worked as a reporter on BBC’s events for tennis. Notably, she is the very first woman, who elected to the Wimbledon Committee.

Citizen of the Great Britain, Virginia's personal life is a mystery, as she keeps her personal matters secretly. Presently, she is single and she has never spotted with any boyfriends.

It seems that she is very focused on her career and that might be the reason she never spotted with any man.She holds a Britsih nationality.

Former professional sports person Wade earns the decent amount of salary from her professional career as a reporter, endorsement as well as from the games. Although the exact figure of net worth has not revealed yet, the total prize money she won in her tennis career is $1,542,278.

Virginia Wade

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Born in England

1945

Sarah Virginia Wade was born on 10th of July 1945 in Bournemouth, England. She is known as Virginia Wade in the professional world, she is a renowned tennis player.

Graduate of University of Sussex

1966

Wade attended the University of Sussex where she studied mathematics and physics. She graduated in 1966. She also attended Tunbridge Wells Girl’s Grammer School and Talbot Health School.

Started Professional career

1968

In the year 1968, she scored two notable firsts and won the US $720 first prize.  After five months, Wade began her professional career and won the women’s singles championship at the first US Open, defeating Billie Jean King in the final.

Her Award

1968

In the year 1968, Wade won the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her brilliant work in tennis and sports broadcasting. The awards was one of her best achievement during her tennis career. 

Last British Player

1977

Virginia Wade is the last British player to win women’s singles championship at Wimbledon. Besides this, she has won several prestigious awards and honors through her career.

Started working as Tennis Commentator

1981

Wade worked as a tennis commentator for the BBC from 1981 to August 2008. Again after years, she appointed as an officer of the "Order of the British Empire" for her services to Lawn Tennis.