NEW YORK (AP) _ Fred Perry, a three-time Wimbledon and U.S. Nationals tennis champion, on Saturday was named winner of the 1985 Forest Hills Award.

The award, given annually by the West Side Tennis Club in conjunction with World Championship Tennis, goes to ''an individual who, by his actions both on and off the court, has contributed greatly to the history and development of the game of tennis.''

Past recipients include Don Budge, Arthur Ashe, Bill Talbert, Pancho Gonzalez and Tony Trabert. The eight recipient of the award, Perry was given the award Saturday during the $617,000 Shearson Lehman Brothers Tournament of Champions.

''This is a great honor,'' Perry said when he received the award in on- court ceremonies. ''There is a special place in my heart for Forest Hills since this is the site of my first major U.S. championship title.''