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Fred Perry, Wimbledon outsider to Hollywood star

If Andy Murray becomes Britain's first Wimbledon men's champion in 77 years on Sunday he'll pocket a cheque for $2.4 million and will probably be feted as a future knight of the realm.But when Fred Perry, the country's last champion, won his third and final Wimbledon title in 1936, the victory was received with muted praise and ongoing suspicion of the brash, self-confident northerner.One year later, he turned professional and headed for Hollywood where he dated movie sirens, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow and Loretta Young and played tennis at the Beverly Hills Club with Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx.Perry and stifling, pre-war Britain were never the best of friends.When Perry, the son of a Stockport trade unionist and cotton factory worker, won his first Wimbledon in 1934 by beating Australia's Jack Crawford, he heard a Wimbledon committee official telling his vanquished opponent, 'This was one day when the best man didn't win'."I just couldn't believe it," Perry told biographer, R...

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