Re: 1924 results
Week of January 21-27
January 21-27 Gallia Club Tournament, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Gallia Club, which consists of 5 courts. It is next to the Gallia Hotel.
FI: Elizabeth Ryan (US) d. Leslie Cadle (GB) 6-3 6-2
1R: Suzanee Lenglen/Elizabeth Ryan (US) d Gould/Mallet 6-0 6-0
QF: Lenglen/Ryan d du Cros/Madeleine O'Neill default
SF: Lenglen/Ryan d Hervey/Musker 6-0 6-1
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Elizabeth Ryan (US) d. Phyllis Covell (GB)/Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (GB) 6-3 6-4
MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Colonel Henry Nayes (Can) d. Elizabeth Ryan (US) /Charles Aeschliman (Swt) 6-4 1-6 15-13
Drama occurs in the mixed final. The 15-13 score is the longest set score ever in Lenglen's career. When a linesman calls her for a foot-fault the Divine One refuses to play on until the English linesman is replaced. Lenglen said afterwards that the custom in France is to give a warning first. More details come from Newmark's research below:
From "Lawn Tennis and Badminton", February 2, 1924: "The final between Mlle Lenglen and Col. Mayes versus Miss Ryan and Aeschlimann must be one of the longest games on record - the third set running into 28 games before it was finally decided in Mlle Lenglen's and Mayes's favour. The critical point was the sixth game in the third set, when Miss Ryan and Aeschlimann led 3-2 and 40-15 on Aeschlimann's [Mayes's] service. They lost instead of winning that game, and that was the turning point. They again led 4-3, but never afterwards got the lead.
"Miss Ryan played superbly, especially in the second set. Mlle Lenglen played her best game at times, but was uncertain at others. That Miss Ryan was the best of the four I think was the opinion of most of the spectators. It was certainly mine. Aeschlimann was a bundle of nerves. Had he played within 15 of his proper form he and his partner must have won. It was an intensely exciting game and at times we saw some great tennis."
Last edited by Rollo : Feb 5th, 2013 at 03:50 PM.