Virginia Wade remembers being motivated by the Queen during her successful 1977 Wimbledon run.

Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to The Championships in 1977, according to British tennis star Virginia Wade, encouraged her to have a strong run and win her first Wimbledon title. Wade learned that the Queen would be attending The Championships right before the 1977 Wimbledon. She won her maiden Grand Slam championship at the 1968 US Open and her second at the 1972 Australian Open.

Wade believed she wasn’t performing to her full potential at Wimbledon at the time. Then, on July 1, 1977—just nine days before she turned 32—Wade won her only Wimbledon championship. Wade told the PA news agency, “They closed Wimbledon registrations about six weeks earlier and I was thinking, ‘I never achieved my potential at Wimbledon and I’m running out of time here.'”

As soon as I learned that the Queen was arriving, I practically told myself, “I’ll be there. Perhaps this is my only chance, and I will succeed. I guess I had that fate. It served as inspiration since everyone experiences extreme apprehension before all of these major events, therefore resolve must triumph over fear.

Wade received the prize from the Queen.

One of the nicest and most memorable days of Wade’s life was the day she won Wimbledon and was given the trophy by the Queen. The crowd was singing and making so much noise that I could only make out the words ‘Well done,’ I believe, as I read her lips.

I apologized after failing to hear the first time and failing to hear much better the second time. It was a huge honor for her to be a part of it even though tennis wasn’t her favorite sport. We’ve had a lot of time to make it exceptional, but we’re running out of people to remember it.

The individuals who mentioned things like, “Oh, my daughter was born that day” or “We had the afternoon off to watch.” It has been spoken so frequently that you remember it. Being linked with her is more than an honor, Wade continued.

Since Wade, Great Britain has not produced a female Wimbledon singles champion. After Emma Raducanu won the US Open in 2017, Great Britain got her first female Grand Slam champion since Wade.