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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 08:55 AM   #31
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Re: Suzanne Lenglen Career Results

I'm not sure that counting grand slams is really relevant for someone of Suzanne's generation. The ITF sowed the seeds for the GS idea in their meetings of 1923 at which they agreed that the championships of Australia, France, Britain, and the US would be pre-eminent. This essentially took affect in 1924 or 1925 (depending on how the Olympics of 1924 are viewed). For 10 years prior to that the USLTA had refused to join the ITF because the ITF had sanctioned Wimbledon and the Paris tournament as "World Championships" (as well as the world covered court championships which never made much of an impact). They USLTA felt this was unfair to Americans who could not easily travel to Europe. They held that the US Nationals were as important as these World Chps. So from 1924 the majors were as they are now, from 1913 to 1923 the defacto majors were Wimbledon, the WHCC in Paris, and the US Nationals. Before 1913, the most important tournaments were likely Wimbledon and the US Nationals, with Wimbledon holding the pre-eminent place in the eyes of most players since its inception.

Rollo,
great job on this Lenglen compilation. Delighted to see it!
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