'However, once Perry had won the world tennis championships at the age of twenty, he transferred his affections to lawn tennis. He may have been swayed partly by his father's observation that table tennis was a thoroughly unhealthy activity played at night under lights in a smoke-filled atmosphere. Lawn tennis also had considerably more glamour than ping pong and. as with Dan Maskell, it was the glamour of tennis that first drew Perry and began the 'love affair' he conducted with the game.
On holiday at Eastbourne he wandered into Devonshire Park where the prestigious pre-Wimbledon tournament was being played and was dazzled by the sight of the players in white against the rich green of the grass and by the Daimlers, MGs and Hispano-Suizas parked outside. 'I asked my father if all those big cars belonged to the players and he said they did. "Then that's for me" I said.'