Claim to all-time greatest status
1. She has the longest unbeaten streak in tennis history, standing at over 150 matches. From 1927 until Wimbledon of 1933 Helen didn't even lose a SET, let alone a match. Dorothy Round took a set off Helen in the 33 Wimbledon final, and weeks later Wills streak was broken when she retired in the final vs. Jacobs at Forest Hills.
2. 4th on the list of all-time winners of grand slams at 19 (8 Wimbledons 7 US, and 4 French titles), plus the 1924 Olympics. This was accomplished without ever entering the Australian Chmps, a minor event in her day. If Aussie titles are discounted Wills heads the list of those who won "the big three", with 19 to Steffi Graf's 18.
3. A winning head to head record versus 99% of her competitors, the lone exception being Suzanne Lenglen, who beat her in their only meeting at Cannes in 1926.
As a youngster she was derided by Europeans for lacking style-Helen was no risque flapper. Her attire in early years consisted of a middy blouse, a sort of schoolgirl uniform.
As she matured though Helen developed a definaite style.
1. Green eyeshade
--she never went on court without it.
2. A visor
-almost always worn.
3. A cardigan sweater
. Sometimes she didn't take it off during the match.
Put it together and you got---Cover of Time magazine