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The Goddess and the King

Inspired by reading Rollo's article on Hilde Sperling's thread particularly this part: "Hilda enjoyed great respect and played in 1943 even mixed doubles with the 85-year-old tennis-loving King Gustav V." Not sure if it has been posted but here you can see Suzanne Lenglen playing with King Gustav of Sweden:



She was making him run that's for sure.

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Thanks for posting that. Lenglen is such an amazing player. She hit the ball so hard for her time. She also had grace and all court skills an amazing movement to go with her devastating power though.
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Do you happen to have anymore of the match than that. Do you have any other great Lenglen matches. I would love to see her Wimbledon thrashing of Molla Mallorey of 6-0, 6-2. That was especialy amazing as Molla is the all time record holder of the U.S Oepn with 8 titles and a great player herself but not in Suzanne's league. Suzanne lost to her at the U.S Open the previous year since she was sick and probably was mad and wanted to right things in Europe playing the Norwegian/American Mallorey. She probably played a super powerful all court game, and blew Molla away that day.
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Do you happen to have anymore of the match than that. Do you have any other great Lenglen matches. I would love to see her Wimbledon thrashing of Molla Mallorey of 6-0, 6-2. That was especialy amazing as Molla is the all time record holder of the U.S Oepn with 8 titles and a great player herself but not in Suzanne's league. Suzanne lost to her at the U.S Open the previous year since she was sick and probably was mad and wanted to right things in Europe playing the Norwegian/American Mallorey. She probably played a super powerful all court game, and blew Molla away that day.
Unfortunately no. I would love to see more though. All the videos I've seen of her are on Youtube, some are taken off but replaced later. I would love to see that match also.

Please post any links if you have also. Thanks.

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Gustav V playing mixed doubles



He would've been in his 60s here. Any recognise the female players?

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loved the comment mallory (allegedly) said to lenglen in their "rematch" after that u.s. open loss when lenglen destroyed mallory...

i'm paraphrasing here but something like: lenglen: you see now (whose the better player)! mallory: you have only done today, what i did to you at the nationals..

meow! laugh!..
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