The North East has some of the top rated players in Britain however it has been 115 years since the region produced a Wimbledon champion. Muriel Robb won the women’s singles title at the tournament back in 1902 to become the North East’s only singles champion.
Robb held other claims to fame, as one of the first women to serve overarm, and played more games in her final than any other woman in history. The final recorded score shows that the Newcastle born tennis star beat Charlotte Sterry 7-5, 6-1, however, the previous day the two had played two sets, 6-4 to Sterry then levelled up 13-11 to Robb, before play was abandoned due to rain. When the match was restarted it was decided the score would be reset.
Away from Wimbledon the North East produced the Player of the Tournament at the inaugural National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships in 2014. The North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club’s John Hawkins-Waterfall from Darlington was presented the award for his on and off the court performances.
While in Sunderland, the Aegon GB Pro-Series has made stops on its tour of the UK for the past few years. This tournament has brought some of the top ranked players, not just in the UK but the world, with many up and coming stars breaking out at these events. These events also gave the North East a chance to show off some of their home grown talents, with the likes of Daniel Bennett and Jonathan Binding turning out to represent the region.