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tennisvideos
Apr 1st, 2002, 11:04 AM
Lea used to wear the most incredible outfits designed by Teddy Tinling, including this one which was made of Ostrich Feathers. Lea would lob about 97% of her shots......

tennisvideos
Apr 1st, 2002, 11:05 AM
More feathers......

bionic71
Apr 1st, 2002, 11:24 AM
Hi "tv"
Love this woman!!

tennisvideos
Apr 1st, 2002, 12:31 PM
Hi Bionic!

Yes, Lea was incredible. Very glamourous. Together with her partner Sylvia Lazzarino (spelling?) they used to lob their way through most of their matches - and had good success on the clay.

She was once quoted that she would only wear her ostrich feathers on court if she thought she would win. If she was drawn to play Billie-Jean or someone of her standard she wouldn't, as she didn't want to look embarassed running around in ostrich feathers unless she was going to win!!!! :bounce: :eek: :bounce:

Fantastic huh! I have more pics of her but I couldn't post them here as the files were too big. I might create a web page with some pics of her! LOL

Lindsayfan
Apr 1st, 2002, 02:02 PM
i absolutely dislike her!she was just a glamour girl,but an awful player.and plus she is very snob and arrogant.
she used to do commentary for italian tv but now they fired up her cos no one liked her! :fiery:

way
Apr 1st, 2002, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the pics.
Though i'm in Italy, i haven't got many photos of her.

Yes, Pericoli "created" glamour in tennis, apparently.
(even though Rollo has recently introduced me to an older tennis sensation)
:)

TennisVideoes, Silvia spells with an "i", not a "y"
:wavey:

Brian Stewart
Apr 1st, 2002, 05:47 PM
Thanks for the pics, TV! They don't make outfits like that anymore. (And that's not necessarily a bad thing.)

Rollo
Apr 2nd, 2002, 06:44 AM
Lea and Lazzarino often had doubles teams tearing out their hair in Rome, where the women were often so ignored playing on outer courts that they had les than 50 spectators at some ladies finals. Well, when an Italian woman was involved a crowd of 20 could swell to 2,000, and the line calls were infamous!

Tinling briefly mentions one Pericoli match in "Love and Faults".

Karen Susman playing Lea Pericoli in Rome. 2,000
Romans cheering Lea's every shot. Karen questioning the 4th ghastly line call given against her. "I always play to the unpire's decision", said Lea, with an angelic smile. "Have you no eyes,
no conscience? said Karen. Lea won the match.

Monaco
Apr 2nd, 2002, 03:03 PM
She could have been like Kournikova if the times had been different then. There were no world rankings at that time but she was a Top 30-50 player. She reached the Wimbledon R16 three times and beat players such as King, Jones, Susman, etc.

She's a very elegant and nice lady who's working in tennis and fashion (what a surprise).

Rollo
Oct 19th, 2004, 10:29 PM
For fans of boa feather tennis outfits.....

Santorofan
Oct 20th, 2004, 07:50 AM
Didn't she have a cameo in "Pink Flamingos"?? ;) Makes Gussy Moran look downright tame!

Andy T
Oct 20th, 2004, 10:10 AM
AlfaJeffster wore something very similar when we played last spring in Paris - but in black, with gold accessories: very fetching.

alfajeffster
Oct 20th, 2004, 11:35 AM
AlfaJeffster wore something very similar when we played last spring in Paris - but in black, with gold accessories: very fetching.
Bitch!:fiery: :lol:

tennisvideos
Oct 21st, 2004, 03:18 AM
AlfaJeffster wore something very similar when we played last spring in Paris - but in black, with gold accessories: very fetching.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

BTW Alfa - I will get back to you on that email soon. I just have been far too busy with many things, but I haven't forgotten you :)

daze11
Oct 21st, 2004, 04:05 AM
AlfaJeffster wore something very similar when we played last spring in Paris - but in black, with gold accessories: very fetching.
evil,evil,evil!! :haha: oh, that was the comment of the day! you can take it, alfa! ;)

daze11
Oct 21st, 2004, 04:09 AM
Lea used to wear the most incredible outfits designed by Teddy Tinling, including this one which was made of Ostrich Feathers. Lea would lob about 97% of her shots......
THAT is fantastic, TV!!! Maybe extend it to a full-on Ted Tinling site! I like the no-non-sense look or the utter non-sense look, either extreme. It's true that if Serena walked on with that, I would be forced to think she was really not taking the tennis seriously...but at the same time, thank god the leas of the world exist in full bloom!! :lol:

alfajeffster
Oct 21st, 2004, 11:41 AM
evil,evil,evil!! :haha: oh, that was the comment of the day! you can take it, alfa! ;)
As long as it's coming from my big sister in Paris, whose prop closet is indeed a thing to behold, I can take it. It is my great ambition to one day teach big sis to lift a leg and rely on the kindness of strangers...

alfajeffster
Oct 21st, 2004, 11:44 AM
THAT is fantastic, TV!!! Maybe extend it to a full-on Ted Tinling site! I like the no-non-sense look or the utter non-sense look, either extreme. It's true that if Serena walked on with that, I would be forced to think she was really not taking the tennis seriously...but at the same time, thank god the leas of the world exist in full bloom!! :lol:
I agree- let it all out! Serena is the closest thing we have, and since life moves in circles (and I admit to remembering the big hair of the 80s), I think we're due for a few wigs and extravagant hair extensions moving across the court some time in the next 5-6 years!:lol:

Andy T
Oct 21st, 2004, 11:55 AM
As long as it's coming from my big sister in Paris, whose prop closet is indeed a thing to behold, I can take it. It is my great ambition to one day teach big sis to lift a leg and rely on the kindness of strangers...

Mother taught me to be prepared for all eventualities, Jeff. Rest assured that Ms J-M is doing everything in her power to further your ambition.

ps - hey what's with the "big sister" comment - you promised not to talk about size. ;)
:kiss:

alfajeffster
Oct 21st, 2004, 12:05 PM
ps - hey what's with the "big sister" comment - you promised not to talk about size. ;)
:kiss:
Someone once told me that the Grand Canyon is the most visited national park in the United States of America. :p

Andy T
Oct 21st, 2004, 12:24 PM
Someone once told me that the Grand Canyon is the most visited national park in the United States of America. :p

What about you inspired this person to make that association, Jeff? ;)

alfajeffster
Oct 21st, 2004, 12:45 PM
What about you inspired this person to make that association, Jeff? ;)
I'm not quite sure, but in hindsight (pun intended), I guess it was the particular hue and colour of my hair that day- kind of like the terre battue that was so annoying in that drizzly day- kept clogging up my feathers!:lol:

Wouldn't it be a hoot if we actually got a few of the blast regulars together for a little mini-tennis tourney / tinling fashion show? Of course, I'd have to borrow a few things from your, er, uh, prop closet again...:kiss:

Andy T
Oct 21st, 2004, 12:56 PM
It would indeed be a riot, "Drag obligatoire", I'd say! I'd go for a Justine-style skirt (only in black lycra - no knickers, of course) and a matching top which finishes above the midriff. How about you?

alfajeffster
Oct 21st, 2004, 01:39 PM
It would indeed be a riot, "Drag obligatoire", I'd say! I'd go for a Justine-style skirt (only in black lycra - no knickers, of course) and a matching top which finishes above the midriff. How about you?
Well, the way I've been eating lately, if it happened any time before the end of the month, I'd have to opt for the standard Billie Jean King slacks and turtle-neck... you know, the what they can't see can hurt them kind of approach. That would leave my colour palate wide open as well. So many girls limit themselves in this regard by exposing too much and leaving themeselves with too small a palate to work with.:lol:

Seriously, that Tinling sequined concoction that he did for Rosie which is on display in the Tenniseum is a start for me. I guess it'll all depend on how fresh I am that day!:lol:

Andy T
Oct 21st, 2004, 02:05 PM
You were looking great when you were over in June, Jeff, so I think you're being unduly hard on yourself. How about daze, what do you see him in?

alfajeffster
Oct 21st, 2004, 02:15 PM
You were looking great when you were over in June, Jeff, so I think you're being unduly hard on yourself. How about daze, what do you see him in?
I usually try to see him in my lap, especially after he lines up one of those laser-beam two-handed backhand passing shots and makes me stretch and change direction at the net on a red clay court!:lol:

Aside from that vivid picture, I'd say the turquoise blue number from the 1984 French Open, replete with matching headband to keep that flowing mane in check.

daze11
Oct 21st, 2004, 02:36 PM
sounds like i arrived in the nick of time...whew! i'd be into a tight chain mail number...you know, during that two-fisted backhand. :devil: :lol:

Andy T
Oct 21st, 2004, 02:54 PM
How about a harness and a pair of latex shorts, daze?

daze11
Oct 21st, 2004, 03:00 PM
haven't you ever seen a nice package in some chain mail?? spandex is too...uncouth. you know...i like evert. a little chain action is just fine; i dont mind a little sweat.

daze11
Oct 21st, 2004, 03:01 PM
:lol: i was just thinking to jokingly put up a :topic: and then i realized where we started out with this thread!! it is indeed on topic. :lol:

Adammco
Oct 22nd, 2004, 12:51 AM
She played tennis with that enormous, bouffant hair-style, and wore an ostrich feather dress? No wonder the poor dear could only lob! It's a miracle she could move at all.

chris whiteside
Oct 23rd, 2004, 06:30 AM
Perhaps her outfits added some glamour to her game because it would seem that her tennis was incredibly boring to watch. In the 1969 Italian quarter-final against Ann Jones the average number of shots per rally was 50. Jones came through 6-1 6-2 but 2 of the games alone lasted half an hour.

One rally alone was 236 (yes two hundred and thirty six) strokes long. Pericoli remarked afterwards that she had "wanted to stay on court as long as possible!" No wonder the women's matches were banished to back courts at the Foro Italico.

Does anyone know of a longer rally than 236 strokes?

DoctorG
Oct 23rd, 2004, 09:11 AM
There's another thing Lea should be remembered for.

She had breast cancer, but she was able to fight and win. After her tennis carrer she has worked a lot to promote medical research.