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A History Of Women's Tennis on Film

Film clips arranged by date. Contributions and discussions of the films are welcome!



This idea comes from Hugues Daniel

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Early Clips until 1918

Wimbledon 1900


The first 3 seconds here contains the oldest film of female tennis players!



1915-May Sutton Bundy vs Molla Bjurstedt-the Sutton sisters

In Spanish. In 1914 Molla went to California for a series of exhibitions vs Bundy.


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1919 and 1920


ELIZABETH RYAN

"Women's Tennis 1910-1919 is the British Pathe title, but the main feature here is Elizabeth Ryan. The date and local is most likely 1919 at Wimbledon-but there is no firm evidence for that. At 1:32 in the clip Ryan's unknown opponent comes into view.



Kitty McKane Godfree


"Women's Tennis 1920-1930" is the title, but the sole subject of this 1 and a half minute footage is of Kitty McKane. It MUST be at least 1920, as Kitty has a bandeau-a fashion made popular by Suzanne Lenglen.




Suzanne and King Gustav of Sweden play on the French Rivera in the early 1920s. Brief view of Eliazbeth Ryan. Only 6 seconds? Exact Date unknown.



Priceless footage of Molla Mallory here (from 2:48 til the end)

Probably England (clearly on grass and several international stars in clip)-a youngish looking Molla hints at a date of 1920 to 1922-but we have nothing solid to date it.


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1921

Tennis-1921

A priceless 2 and half minute film. Play on public court. Beamish demonstrates deadly underhanded serve at 2:21




World Hard Court Championships at Paris

Molla Mallory in stands smoking at .29, Lenglen in mixed, Molla again at end of clip. The title merely states "Tenis 1921", but this is without doubt the World Hard Court event.


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1922

Championships of North Northumberland
(Women's and mixed finals)


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1923

Women's Tennis 1923-1938




The Very First Wightman Cup


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1924

Olympics in Paris-Helen Wills vs Diddie Vlasto-gold medal match

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIhV47I5pC0

Wimbledon-1924

Silent. "The Incomparable Suzanne" at .54 watched by Queen Mary and King George. At 1:39 to 3: 15 Hazel Wightman, Helen Wills, and Kitty McKane for doubles final (Phyllis Covell is Kitty's partner)-very nice close ups at times of all four and dynamic net play. The rest of this rare 7 minute clip is devoted to the men.


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1925


How I Play Tennis - By Mlle. Suzanne Lenglen (1925)



Tennis Tips By Geraldine Beamish


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1926


Cannes "Battle Of The Century" (Suzanne Lenglen vs Helen Wills)

Over 6 minutes of one of the most celebrated matches of all time. The only time these two legends met in singles





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1927

WIGHTMAN CUP at Forest Hills. Betty Nuthall beats Helen Jacobs (No sound. Betty is the one wearing the bandana)




Camera Interviews-Betty Nuthall
(3 and a half minutes-no sound-great quality film)


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1928

Helen Wills-Supreme! (French final. Wills d Eileen Bennett)

Over 3 minutes



World Championship Tennis (1928 Wimbledon)

Over 5 minutes. Much attention given to Lili de Alvarez. KIng George and Queen Mary watch)



Wimbledon final (Helen Wills vs Lili de Alvarez)


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1929

Wimbledon Final: Helen Wills Moody vs Helen Jacobs
(Wills is wearing the visor. A short clip with no sound)




Forest Hill Final: Helen Wills d. Molla Mallory [with sound]


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1930


French final (Helen Wills vs Helen Jacobs)





Invincible Helen (Wimbledon final of Helen Wills vs Elizabeth Ryan)

Only 34 seconds-no sound-film speed if not quire right




Betty Nuthall At Play In America (1930)



Excellent sound quality, love the score announcements.

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1931

The Mecca of Tennis
(Lili de Alvarez vs Joan Lycett)

Lili in bloomers-Lycett in cap.





Wimbledon Quarterfinal: Helen Jacobs vs Betty Nuthall (no sound. Jacobs "chops" her forehand while Betty drives the shot)





All-German Final at Wimbledon (Cilly Aussem vs Hilde Krahwinkel)




Wightman Cup at Forest Hills


Helen Wills vs Betty Nuthall. Hundreds of people throw seat cushions onto the court after the match!


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1932

Helen Wills at Kowloon in Hong Kong

Jerky but invaluable film from Wills trip to the Orient



Wightman Cup at Wimbledon

1minute. Helen Wills-Moody



Irish Championships (ladies and mens finals. Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (Pol) d. Vera Montgomery (GB) 6-4 6-2. Vera in cap.)


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