Virginia Wade Biography

( 1945 - )
September 23, 2018
First published on:September 23, 2018
by Roy

Facts of Virginia Wade

Date of Birth: 1945, July 10
Age: 74 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Birth Name Sarah Virginia Wade
Famous Name Virginia Wade
Nationality British
Famous for Tennis
Started career as Tennis Player
University attended University of Sussex
School attended Talbot Heath School
Graduated year 1966

Virginia Wade is a former professional tennis player who has been a reporter on tennis events for the BBC ever since her retirement. During her career, she has won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles Championships and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments.


Wade was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1986 Birthday Honours for services to Lawn Tennis. She was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1989.

Virginia Wade's Early Life

Sarah Virginia Wade was born on July 10, 1945, in Bournemouth, England. She had moved to South Africa with her parents at the age of one. In was only at the age of 15 when her family moved back to England.

She went to Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School and Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Sussex to study mathematics and physics. She graduated from university in 1966.

Virginia Wade's Career

As an amateur, Virginia Wade won the inaugural open tennis competition- the British Hard Court Open at Bournemouth in 1968. She turned professional after five months and won the women's singles championship at the first US Open where she defeated Billie Jean King in the final.

Wade won her second Grand Slam singles championship in 1972 at the Australian Open where she defeated the Australian Evonne Goolagong in the final. The following year, she was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire MBE in the 1973 Birthday Honours for services to Lawn Tennis.

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In the 16th year of her professional play, Virginia Wade won at Wimbledon. She had to face against defending champion Chris Evert in the semifinal and Betty Stove in the finals of the competition. She won over both the players claiming the Wimbledon Championship in the 100th anniversary of its start as well as the Silver Jubilee year of Elizabeth II.

Over the course of Wade's career, she has won 55 professional singles championships and won four Grand Slam women's doubles championships with Margaret Smith Court. From the year 1967-1979, she was consistently ranked in the world's top 10. She played tennis professionally for 26 years and retired at the end of the 1985 tennis season for singles and at the end of 1986 season retired from doubles as well.

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Virginia Wade has the record of 26 appearances in Wimbledon with 24 of them being in the women's singles. After her retirement, she coached tennis to others for four years and also worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.

Virginia Wade's Personal Life

Virginia Wade's personal life has for the most case and scenario remained a mystery. There have not been many details when it comes to her love affairs and relationship. Information about whether she is married, has a husband, children or is currently in a relationship and has a boyfriend is not known.

Virginia Wade's Net Worth

Virginia Wade's net worth is under review for now. As a professional tennis player, she made a career earning of $1,542,278 from the various tournaments she has attended. The salary that she received as a tennis commentator and game analyst has not been disclosed, but it is safe to assume that with a famed athlete like her, the big networks like BBC were paying her well.

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