22 March 1935|
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|Wimbledon||4th round 1970|
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Lea Pericoli (born 22 March 1935) is an Italian former tennis player and later television presenter and journalist from Milan. She reached the last sixteen of the French Open four times and the Wimbledon Championships once, and is also famous for her choice of clothing.
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Pericoli married L. Fontana in 1965.
Partnered by Helga Schultze, Pericoli won the doubles title at the 1974 WTA Swiss Open, defeating Kayoko Fukuoka and Michelle Rodriguez 6–2, 6–0 in the final.
Pericoli made her Fed Cup debut for Italy in its inaugural year, 1963, and represented Italy in nine years of the competition, winning 8 of her 16 singles matches and 7 of her 14 doubles matches. Her last Fed Cup match was in 1975.
She won the Italian Championship in singles nine times, and, together with Sylvia Lazzarino, reached the final of the Italian Championships doubles six years consecutively from 1962 to 1967.
In 1955, Pericoli played at the Wimbledon Championships wearing clothes designed by Teddy Tinling. Her clothing generated so much interest in later years, that it was kept secret until her appearances on the court. In particular, her fur-lined clothing worn at the 1964 Wimbledon Championships caught the attention of observers.
In 2001, the Sunday Mirror quoted Pericoli as saying "I became famous because of my clothes, not my playing." and "I didn't make any money from tennis, but if I'd been born 30 years later I would have become terribly rich like Anna Kournikova".
- Women's Tennis Association
- International Tennis Federation