Came across an interesting tidbit in Edith Wilson's book, Love Game.
Coco Gentien is seemingly more or less "outing" Elizabeth Ryan in writing this about her:
She as always accompanied by a friend even more masculine than she was, the Irish croquet champion, Florence Walkerlegh, who looked like a kind of enormous turkey.
Coco was a great friend of Suzanne Lenglen who witnessed a great amount of early tennis history. His aunt was the early champion Kate Gillou-Fenwick. His mother Antoinette Gillou-Gentein was also a player of note. It was well established that Antoinette was, at least in her later years, a lesbian. Coco himself was well known for being gay. A popular theory was that Papa Lenglen surrounded Suzanne with "safe" male friends who would not distract her from tennis!
There is a book scheduled for publication next year on Alice Marble. Is the research related to that?
That' the one Wolbo!
I am quite hopeful that it will prove to be a very good biography. My impression is the book is well researched. It appears there will be a lot about how she helped Althea Gibson in 1950. The author has written a previous book about sports and is familiar with tennis. That's a big plus when so many tennis bios are written by those not familiar with the sport.
Roan really did a lot of leg work in 2004-the same year Alfra Jeffster and I interviewed Pauline Betz. I also spoke to Louise Brough over the phone about 3 times. Neither of Roan nor I believe Joe Crowley even existed. Our working theory is that Alice created him to mark herself as straight.
The whole spy story also strikes me as ludicrous. I'd be happy for Roan and I to be proven wrong about any of our theories, but until there is proof I retain my doubts.