Fred Perry is probably best known as one of the greatest players ever to have graced a Tennis Court, being three time Wimbledon champion and the Worlds number one player for five years (four of them consecutive 1934 to 1938).
All in all he amassed ten major titles, including eight Grand Slams, and to this day still remains the last British male Tennis player to win any Grand Slam event.
In the late 1940s an Austrian footballer by the name of Tibby Wegner approached Perry about an antiperspirant device he had invented to be worn around the wrist, a few changes later and Fred Perry had invented the first sweatband. Wegner later went onto produce a short sleeved sports shirt made from white knitted pique Cotton like René Lacoste’s shirts.
Launched at the Wimbledon championships of 1952, the Fred Perry tennis shirt was an immediate success, remaining best known for the laurel logo (based on the old Wimbledon symbol) which was stitched into the shirt fabric on the left breast of the shirts instead of merely ironed on.