Updated: Sep 4
The Fred Perry Wimbledon Game, A Pepys Game
First Published: 1960, A Pepys Game by Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited
Contents: 45 Regular Cards, 14 Small Cards, Cardboard Tennis Court, Wooden Tennis Ball, 4 Player Rule Reference Sheets + Rules Booklet
There is a 45 card Stroke Pack and a 14 small card Service Pack.
The Stroke Pack contains: 13 Drives, 2 Forehand Drives, 2 Backhand Drives, 2 Drives to Forehand Side-line, 2 Drives to Backhand Side-line, 6 Forehand Volleys, 6 Backhand Volleys, 3 Smashes, 6 Lobs & 3 Drop Shots.
All of the cards (apart from the 4 Drives to Side-lines) are marked S or C to denote that straight shots, cross court shots or either are permissible. All the cards have a coloured border, Red Yellow or Blue but the cards for each colour are differently distributed.
The Service Pack has 1 Ace, 1 Double Fault, 6 Red Serve and 6 Yellow Serve.
Fred Perry provided a celebrity endorsement for the game. For some of us Fred Perry was a hero and needs no introduction here. For younger readers it may come as a surprise to learn that Fred Perry was a real person and not merely a clothing brand that has become synonymous with a style of smart-casual shirt.
For readers with slightly longer memories "Fred Perry" was the name that Tennis commentators used to intone before and during every men's match featuring an English player. A typical phrase being: "Not since Fred Perry in 1936 has an Englishman won Wimbledon, could this year be different?". All that was stopped by Andy Murray in 2013. Today commentators more commonly say: "Not since Andy Murray in 2013 has any Briton won Wimbledon, could this year be different?".
The marvellous Sue Barker, whose career spanned both phases of the cliche, was one of a handful of commentators, who would always remind the audience of Virginia Wade's achievement in 1977.
The pack featured here was part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.
Game & Version Details
Wimbledon - Box Contents
Wimbledon - Card Back
Wimbledon - Small Card Back
Wimbledon - Rules Front
Wimbledon - Rules Back
Wimbledon - Box Top
Wimbledon - Box Side Left
Wimbledon - Box Bottom Side
Wimbledon - Box Side Right