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Divine Goddess-the Suzanne Lenglen Photo thread

When the female GOAT (greatest of all tome time) conversation comes up the divine Frenchwoman inevitably makes the list. Indeed, there are still some who say the conversation stops and ends with Lenglen, for she only lost 1 match as an adult.

For her career results please see: https://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=194266


There are also many related Lenglen stories and photos in the the thread title "Flapper Girls-the Roaring 20s":
https://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=41797

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At practice-perhaps Forest Hills.

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Glorious. There is just something so majestic about Suzanne that no one else in tennis history has ever had.

Evonne Goolagong had the angelic thing going on, but I think your title of the Divine Goddess for Suzanne is totally apt. She was a Goddess. Such a shame there isn't more footage available of her but I am so grateful for what I have seen, for it only reinforces the mystic that she possessed.

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From Wimbledon in 1920. Pictured here with Elizabeth Ryan. The pair never lost a regular doubles march together.

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What especially amazes me in the first big photo of this thread is the quality of the lawn! It's lawn, isn't it?

Must be something to play on this. Never did!
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Lenglen just weeks after Helen Jacobs beat "Ice Queen" Heen Wills, who had dominated the sport since the retirement of Suzanne.

At the French Championships Lenglen took Jacobs out to a side court for the express purpose of showing her how to beat Wills.

The tactic she suggested? Deep shots alternated with short angles to draw Wills forward and disrupt her rhythm.



Mlle Suzanne Lenglen demonstrating tennis strokes: before a class of juveniles in a-well-known sports depot in Oxford Street, London. Her costume is specially made to give freedom of action. (Evening Post, 27 October 1933).
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FAMOUS TENNIS PLAYER ACTS AS UMPIRE.—Mlle Suzanne Lenglen on the umpire's seat during Lady Wavertree's exhibition ■ tennis'matches at Sussex Lodge, Regent Park,.London,.on 4th July, [id aid..of invalid, children's charities. From left, Mrs. Lycett, Sidney Wood, Mrs. Fearnley Whittingstall, G. S.Mangin, whose match Mlle Lenglen umpired. j . ■ (Evening Post, 09 August 1932)
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July 5, 1919, before the final.

Not yet a diva. This outfit looks conservative enough, but she had bare arms under her coat and exposed her ankles-scandalous to matrons of pre-war times. Older women walked out with the words "hussy" under their breathe, young women stayed hoping to be like her, and the men gawked.

The coat came off and the hat stayed on for the final.

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A verite moment of joy for young Suzanne. She has just survived two match points vs Mrs Chambers and doubtless thrown off her hat-having just won her first Wimbledon. One match point was a lucky overhead she didn't even see-it tipped the edge of her racquet and landed just over the net.

The other match point saw a Chambers shot hit the net cord-and land on Dorothea's side.

She fairly leaps for joy.

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A backhand smash at Wimbledon-1920. Gerald Patterson is her mixed partner.




Another acrobatic lunge with her typical French elan.

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The earliest picture I've ever encountered of Suzanne playing tennis-1910.



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A mere 15 and ready to conquer the world. Here at the 1914 World Hard Court event she would upset Marguerite Broquedis and win her first major. The press wanted her to go on to Wimbledon, but cautious Papa Lenglen made her wait, afraid she was too young and of the foreign grass surface.

War came within weeks, delaying her Wimbledon debut until 1919.


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With Elizabeth Ryan at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships. They never lost a regular doubles match as a team-their only defeat was in a handicap match.

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The world #1 and her challenger the "Viking" Molla Mallory. The friendly image below belies the tension underneath. The Lenglen family thought Molla was too inconsistent to challenge her. Tenacious fighting made up for any technical difficulties, and Mallory pushed Suzanne in the second set.

At one point Suzanne said she had a pebble in her shoe and made for the sidelines-apparently to default. Papa rose from the stands and loudly shouted he would disown her if she quit! A bottle of brandy was thrown down, Suzanne took a sip, and rolled on to a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Coming off court Molla hissed to Bill Tilden, "Wait til I get her on grass!". The remark was made well within Suzanne's hearing.

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The 6-2 6-3 final at St Cloud



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