The Day Virginia Wade Saw the Omens, and Won a Championship

In 1977, with the queen watching and Wimbledon commemorating its 100th year, Wade won her only singles title at the All England Club. Now, she’s cheering on another Briton.

Virginia Wade’s Wimbledon champion’s plate — or salver, as any proper Englishwoman would call it — is packed in a box, awaiting her imminent move from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to a new apartment near Manhasset, on Long Island.Her most famous tennis outfit, a sleek white dress with two vertical lines of pink piping and a hot-pink cashmere cardigan with her initials embroidered in script, is on display in the Wimbledon museum.The dress and sweater in the museum are, in fact, replicas. T...