Iconic ‘Tennis Girl’ – Britain’s biggest tennis winner of the 1970s?

Tennis posterWhile British men’s tennis languished in the 1970s, Virginia Wade took the women’s game to the greatest heights by winning the Wimbledon Women’s Singles title in 1977.

A year before that, though, what was to prove perhaps the biggest British winner in tennis of the decade emerged.

Pictured here, the then ubiquitous – and infamous – poster of the girl in tennis whites rubbing her bare backside on court took the world by storm.

Going on to cover the walls of many a student’s digs, the poster featured Fiona Butler, the model with her back to the camera, who borrowed that dress, designed by Carol Knotts, and the racquet for the shoot. Behind the camera was Butler’s boyfriend, Martin Elliott.

Now Fieldings Auctioneers of Stourbridge will be offering the dress and racquet for sale on July 5 – the day of the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final for 2014. They come with two copies of the poster and the lot carries an estimate of £1000-2000.