Virginia Wade was the number one British player for over a decade, but the crowning moment of her career was when she won the Wimbledon Singles Title in 1977. After this success, Queen Elizabeth II presented the trophy, in what was her Silver Jubilee year. Alongside Wimbledon, Wade also won the 1968 U.S. Open Singles Championship and the 1972 Australian Open Singles Titles, as well as four Doubles Titles at the Australian, French and U.S. open.
Aside from these massive victories, Wade ranked in the world top ten tennis players for thirteen consecutive years. Wade won 55 singles titles and 839 matches- the fourth highest in the history of women's professional tennis. Later on, in 1989, Wade was inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
Furthermore, she has also been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE, and a further OBE. A graduate of Sussex University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Virginia became the first woman elected to the Wimbledon Committee. Wade also played Legends Events for a number of years after her successes. At present, Wade provides the TV commentary for the BBC and various networks throughout the USA.