In 1896, the Tennis game was played as a Summer Olympic sport in Olympic Games that were held in Athens. Two matches of tennis men’s singles and men’s doubles were played in Olympic Games Opening.
Women were permitted to play this game in 1900 in singles and mixed doubles at Olympic Games. In 1988, it was restored as a medal sport.
Kerry Melville Reid was born in Mosman in New South Wales on the 7th of August, 1947.Her professional tennis career span over 17 years in which Reid won a single Grand Slam finals title and 26 singles titles from other tournaments along with being runner up in 40 single championships.
Reid was a part of the Top Ten players at the yearend for a consecutive 12 years from 1968 to 1979. Excluding 1975, Reid won at least one single match every year from 1966 to 1979. She reached the top of her career at the No.5 spot and sustained it through from 1971 to 1974 trailing Margaret Court as No.1, Billie Jean King as no.2, Evonne Goolagong Cawley as No.3, and Chris Evert as No.4. She started her career in 1963 and retired in 1979.
She was the winner of the 1977 Australian Open and the finalist of the 1972 US Open, besides reaching the Semi-Finals of the French Open in 1967 and the Wimbledon in 1974.
Reid had to her credit three Grand Slam titles out of which two were the Doubles titles of the Australian Open in 1968 and 1977. Her third Grand Slam Doubles win came in 1978 with Wendy Turnbull at her side at Wimbledon.
In 1978 she was also the runner-up in the US Open with Wendy again along with winning four other doubles titles as well. Reid from 1976 to 1979 helped Australia in reaching the Federation Cup finals and was apart when the team won in 1968.