Shirley Fry-Irvin

June 30, 1927
Place of Birth:
Akron, Ohio
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

Victorious at every Grand Slam event in singles and women’s doubles, Shirley Fry built a reputation for congeniality and fair play that would extend well beyond her playing years. Her success was attained largely on the strength of her formidable ground strokes, but she was highly competent at the net and a sound strategist. Her flexibility was apparent throughout her productive career, and she won and lost with extraordinary equanimity over the years. Gamesmanship was not an option she had any interest in exploring.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Singles Champion 1957
  • Doubles Champion 1957

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1951
  • Doubles Champion 1950-53


  • Singles Champion 1956
  • Doubles Champion 1951-53
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1956

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1956
  • Doubles Champion 1951-54

Career Achievements

  • Wightman Cup Team member 1949, 1951-53, 1955-56


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