Dates : 13 Jul to 21 Jul 1924
Venue : Stade Colombes, Paris, France
Surface : Clay
Draw of 38
First Round -most got byes
Germaine Golding d. Lily Von Essen (Swd) 6-4 6-2
Iloni Peteri (Hun) d. Marie Janssen (Bel) 6-4 6-4
Phyllis Covell (GB) d. Hilda Wallis (Ire) 3-6 6-0 6-2
Rosetta Gagliardi (Ity) d. Elsebeth Brehm (Den) 6-0 6-2
Miss P. Blair-White (Ire) d. Rita Le Gallais (Lux) walkover
Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (GB) d. Isabel Fonrodona (Sp) walkover
Helen Wills (US) d. Maria-Luisa Marnet (Spain) walkover
Phyllis Satterwaithe (GB) d. Maria Forlanini (Ity) walkover
Kea Bouman (Neth) d. Marthe Trasenter-Dupont 8-6 6-4
Molla Mallory (Nor) d. Jeanne Vaussard 6-2 6-2
Mrs N Polley (India) d. Lena Valarioti-Scaramanga 1-6 6-3 6-2
Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d. Lilian Scharman (US) 6-2 6-0
Golding d. Paoloa Bologna (Ity) 6-4 6-2
Covell d. Petery 6-4 6-3
Gagliardi d. P. Blair-White 4-6 7-5 6-2
Dorothy Shepherd-Barron d. Marie Storms (Bel) 6-1 6-1
Eleanor Goss (US) d. Helene Contostavlos walkover
Didi Vlasto d. Caro Dahl (Nor) 6-1 6-0
Rosa Torras (Sp) d. Giulia Perelli (Ity) 6-4 4-6 8-6
Marion Jessup (US) d. Suzanne Lenglen walkover
Sigrid Fick (Swd) d. Medy Krenesy (Hun) walkover
Kitty McKane (GB) d. Anne de Borman (Bel) 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-2
Round of 16
Wills d. Satterwaithe 6-1 6-2
Mallory d. Bouman 9-7 6-0
Alvarez d. Polley 6-0 6-3
Golding d. Covell 6-3 3-6 6-2
Shpherd-Barron d. Gagliardi 6-1 6-0
Vlasto d. Goss 6-3 2-6 6-4
Jessup d. Torras 6-2 6-0
McKane d. Fick 6-1 6-1
Wills d. Mallory 6-3 6-3
Golding d. Alvarez 7-5 6-3
Vlasto d. Shephaerd-Barron 6-4 6-2
Mckane d. Jessup 6-2 6-0
Wills d. Golding 6-1 6-2
Vlasto d. McKane 0-6 7-5 6-1
Wills d. Vlasto 6-2 6-2
Bronze medal match Mckane d. Golding 5-7 6-3 6-0
Doubles Draw of 17
Covell/McKane d. Jessup/Goss 6-1 6-2
Gagliardi/Perelli d. Contostavlos/Scaramanga walkover
Billout/Bourgeois d. de Alvarez/Torras 3-6 6-3 6-4
Fick/Van Essen d. Blair-White/Wallis 6-2 5-7 6-2
Covell/McKane d. De Borman/Storm 6-1 6-2
Colyer/Shepherd-Barron d. Dupont/Janssens walkover
Golding/Vaussard d. Bologna/Forlanini walkover
Wightman/Wils d. Dahl/Mallory walkover
Krenesy/Petery d. Fonrodona/Marnet walkover
Billout/Bourgeois d. Gagliardi/Perelli 7-5 6-1
Covell/McKane d. Fick/Van Essen 6-2 6-3
Colyer/Shepherd-Barron d. Golding/Vaussard 6-2 6-2
Wightman/Wills d. Krenesy/Peterdy walkover
Colyer/McKane d. Billout/Bourgeois 6-2 6-2
Wightman/Wills d. Colyer/Shepherd-Barron 6-3 1-6 7-5
Wightman/Wills d. Covell/McKane 7-5 8-6*
Helen Wills wins the gold before a French audience of 8,000 that cheers her every error and greets her winners with stony silence.
The final was typical of the circus the 24 Oympics was, as Didi Vlasto was denied entrance to the finals she was due to play in! After arguing with a guard for 10 minutes outside a stadium where the crowd was stomping it's feet in impatience she simply ran past him. Boos showered the two finalists as they entered the court some 20 minutes late. As small group of Californians amuses Helen and puzzles the crowd with a loud chant of her college song, "Oski-Oski-Wow-Wow!". It's the only support Wills has.
It doesn't matter as she exposes Didi Vlasto's weak backhand for an easy win. The match is not exciting as Wills loops high topspin shots to Vlasto's backhand until she gets a putaway shot or Didi drove out or into the net. Helen comes to the net only twice the whole match. Both times Vlasto passed her clean.
In the end Wills coolness during the match won over the French, who gave her an ovation following the short affair.
It was a better reaction than the finals of the doubles-where she was booed over a line call that went her way. Through it all she lived up to her reputation for showing no emotion .
Wills and McKane were solid favorites after the withdrawal of Suzanne Lenglen, still ill after Wimbledon. Lenglen watched Wills' matches with great interest.In the semis Kitty seeemed set to win in set two before suffering a complete collapse after the crowd influenced line close line calls by yelling and screaming at linespeople.
Covell/Mckane had a set point at 5-2 in the last set of the doubles but couldn't convert.
Competitors were highly displeased with facilities. At one point the US team threatened to withdraw unless "civilized facilities" were provided. The list of demands included water, towels, and a place to rest, none of which had been provided. The French put up a tin shack for changing rooms and began to provide bottled water and towels. Even the courts came in for a blasting as when the players arrived they were only piles of sand. Though laid just in time, the courts kicked up a dust bowl at the slightest wind.
To top if off the main stadium was next door. As one player recalled, "there was no knowing when a pistol would suddenly go off or a national anthem blare forth, or some announcements bellowed or rebellowed in some language. Vendors sold ice cream and bananas "at the top of their lungs" during points, and for many matches only the umpire showed, leading to the recruitment of lines people from spectators!
All in all the event had so many problems that it contributed towards making this the last medal Olympics gamesfor tennis until 1988.
Last edited by Rollo; May 2nd, 2009 at 06:21 PM.