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A World Championship of Tennis

The Ultimate Tennis Book written by Gianni Clerici in 1974 (translated by Richard J Wiezell) put together a World Championship of Tennis draw (below) with successful players from the 1910's to the 1970's.

He used the results of a selected match between the players to stage this World Championships and to see how such a tournament would play out. It has constructed it in such a way that despite the different eras only the final match was unable to be have a result.

The draw has bolded the seeded players but not given seeded numbers next to them. We can surmise Lenglen is seeded #1, Connolly #2, King and Wills Moody #3 & #4 and Brough, Hart, Mallory and Jacobs are #5-8.

I will type this out in stages, due to the length of it and to keep everyone in suspense. Enjoy

So the Ultimate Tennis Book World Championship of Tennis 48 player draw is;

Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) vs BYE
Kitty Godfrey McKane (GBR) vs BYE
Dorothea Lambert-Chambers (GBR) vs BYE
Ethel Larcombe (GBR) vs BYE

Molla Mallory (NOR) vs BYE
Elizabeth Ryan (USA) vs BYE
Mary Browne (USA) vs BYE
Eleonora Sears (USA) vs BYE

Helen Wills Moody (USA) vs Lilly De Alvarez (ESP)
Joan Hartigan (AUS) vs Margaret Molesworth (AUS)
Dorothy Round (GBR) vs Betty Nuthall (GBR)
Simone Mathieu (FRA) vs Nelle Landry (FRA)

Helen Jacobs (GBR) vs Hilda Sperling (GER)
Alice Marble (USA) vs Mary Hardwick (GBR)
Sarah Palfrey (USA) vs Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (POL)
Margaret Scriven (GBR) vs Kaye Stammers Menzies (GBR)

Pauline Betz (USA) vs Nancye Bolton (AUS)
Margaret Osborne Du Pont (USA) vs Betty Hilton Harrison (GBR)
Shirley Bloomer (GBR) vs Dorothy Knade Head (USA)
Jean Bostock Micoli (GBR) vs Louise Brough (USA)

Christine Truman (GBR) vs Althea Gibson (USA)
Anne Haydon Jones (GBR) vs Darlene Hard (USA)
Margaret Smith Court (AUS) vs Evonne Goolagong (USA)
Maria Beuno (BRA) vs Billie Jean King (USA)

Susan Partridge (GBR) vs BYE
Shirley Fry (USA) vs BYE
Pat Todd (USA) vs BYE
Doris Hart (USA) vs BYE

Sandra Reynolds (RSA) vs BYE
Angela Mortimer (GBR) vs BYE
Jean Walker Smith (GBR) vs BYE
Maureen Connolly (USA) vs BYE

Key
Aus – Australian Championships
FH – Forest Hills
RG – Roland Garros
W – Wimbledon
WC – Wightman Cup

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very cool Louloubelle. we will enjoy this


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The Ultimate Tennis Book written by Gianni Clerici in 1974 (translated by Richard J Wiezell) put together a World Championship of Tennis draw (below) with successful players from the 1910's to the 1970's.
And he still couldn't fill a 64 player draw? Come on now!
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And Court is unseeded in King's quarter????

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Re: A World Championship of Tennis

Round One Results

Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) vs BYE
Kitty Godfrey McKane (GBR) vs BYE
Dorothea Lambert-Chambers (GBR) vs BYE
Ethel Larcombe (GBR) vs BYE

Molla Mallory (NOR) vs BYE
Elizabeth Ryan (USA) vs BYE
Mary Browne (USA) vs BYE
Eleonora Sears (USA) vs BYE

Helen Wills Moody (USA) def Lilly De Alvarez (ESP) 62 63 W-27 Final
Joan Hartigan (AUS) def Margaret Molesworth (AUS) 61 64 Aus – 34 Final
Dorothy Round (GBR) def Betty Nuthall (GBR) 97 63 W – 36 1st Rnd
Simone Mathieu (FRA) def Nelle Landry (FRA) 60 63 RG 38 - Final

Helen Jacobs (GBR) def Hilda Sperling (GER) 62 46 75 W – 36 Final
Alice Marble (USA) def Mary Hardwick (GBR) 46 62 64 WC - 37
Sarah Palfrey (USA) def Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (POL) 62 62 W – 34 4th Rnd
Margaret Scriven (GBR) def Kaye Stammers Menzies (GBR) 75 63 - 37 4th rnd

Pauline Betz (USA) def Nancye Bolton (AUS) 60 63 FH – 43 Final
Margaret Osborne Du Pont (USA) def Betty Hilton Harrison (GBR) 75 62 WC - 48
Shirley Bloomer (GBR) def Dorothy Knade Head (USA) 61 63 RG – 57 Final
Louise Brough (USA) def Jean Bostock Micoli (GBR) 62 46 75 WC - 48

Christine Truman (GBR) vs Althea Gibson (USA) 26 63 64 WC – 62
Darlene Hard (USA) def Anne Haydon Jones (GBR) 63 64 FH – 61 Final
Margaret Smith Court (AUS) def Evonne Goolagong (USA) 26 76 75 Aus – 71 Final
Maria Beuno (BRA) def Billie Jean King (USA) 64 57 63 W 65 - SF

Susan Partridge (GBR) vs BYE
Shirley Fry (USA) vs BYE
Pat Todd (USA) vs BYE
Doris Hart (USA) vs BYE

Sandra Reynolds (RSA) vs BYE
Angela Mortimer (GBR) vs BYE
Jean Walker Smith (GBR) vs BYE
Maureen Connolly (USA) vs BYE

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Re: A World Championship of Tennis

Round Two Results

Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Kitty Godfrey McKane (GBR) 62 62 W – 23 Final
Dorothea Lambert-Chambers (GBR) def Ethel Larcombe (GBR) 76 64 W – 14 Final
Molla Mallory (NOR) def Elizabeth Ryan (USA) 46 64 97 FH – 26 Final
Mary Browne (USA) def Eleonora Sears (USA) 64 62 FH – 12 Final

Helen Wills Moody (USA) def Joan Hartigan (AUS) 63 63 W – 35 SF
Dorothy Round (GBR) def Simone Mathieu (FRA) 64 57 62 W – 34 SF
Helen Jacobs (GBR) def Alice Marble (USA) 64 64 W – 38 SF
Sarah Palfrey (USA) def Margaret Scriven (GBR) 63 61 WC - 33

Margaret Osborne Du Pont (USA) def Pauline Betz (USA) 16 86 75 RG – 46 Final
Louise Brough (USA) def Shirley Bloomer (GBR) 62 64 WC - 55
Darlene Hard (USA) def Christine Truman (GBR) 62 62 WC - 62
Maria Beuno (BRA) def Margaret Smith Court (AUS) 64 79 63 W – 64 Final

Shirley Fry (USA) def Susan Partridge (GBR) 60 86 WC – 52
Doris Hart (USA) def Pat Todd (USA) 64 46 62 RG – 50 Final
Angela Mortimer (GBR) def Sandra Reynolds (RSA) 119 63 W – 61 SF
Maureen Connolly (USA) def Jean Walker Smith (GBR) 36 61 75 WC - 52

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Great to see Maria Bueno come out from that very tough little section. LOL!

Also Chambers d. Larcombe should be 7-5 6-4?

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Rain delay?

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Ah yes, I remember reading this. The draw had to be done in such a way so as to accommodate actual historical matches.
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Yes.... and plus getting all these divas to agree on a time and place was hard going

Round Three Results
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Dorothea Lambert-Chambers (GBR) 108 46 97 W – 19 Final
Molla Mallory (NOR) def Mary Browne (USA) 46 64 62 FH – 21 Final

Helen Wills Moody (USA) def Dorothy Round (GBR) 64 68 63 W – 33 Final
Helen Jacobs (GBR) def Sarah Palfrey (USA) 61 64 FH – 34 Final

Louise Brough (USA) def Margaret Osborne Du Pont (USA) 108 16 108 FH – 60 Final
Darlene Hard (USA) def Maria Beuno (BRA) 64 1012 64 FH – 55 SF

Shirley Fry (USA) def Doris Hart (USA) 61 60 W – 51 Final
Maureen Connolly (USA) def Angela Mortimer (GBR) 61 61 WC – 53

Quarter Final Results
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Molla Mallory (NOR) 62 60 W – 22 Final
Helen Wills Moody (USA) def Helen Jacobs (GBR) 63 36 75 W – 35 Final
Louise Brough (USA) def Darlene Hard (USA) 63 86 W – 55 SF
Maureen Connolly (USA) def Doris Hart (USA) 86 75 W – 53 Final

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Yes.... and plus getting all these divas to agree on a time and place was hard going


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Round Three Results
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Dorothea Lambert-Chambers (GBR) 108 46 97 W – 19 Final
Molla Mallory (NOR) def Mary Browne (USA) 46 64 62 FH – 21 Final

Helen Wills Moody (USA) def Dorothy Round (GBR) 64 68 63 W – 33 Final
Helen Jacobs (GBR) def Sarah Palfrey (USA) 61 64 FH – 34 Final

Louise Brough (USA) def Margaret Osborne Du Pont (USA) 108 16 108 FH – 60 Final
Darlene Hard (USA) def Maria Beuno (BRA) 64 1012 64 FH – 55 SF

Shirley Fry (USA) def Doris Hart (USA) 61 60 W – 51 Final
Maureen Connolly (USA) def Angela Mortimer (GBR) 61 61 WC – 53

Quarter Final Results
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Molla Mallory (NOR) W – 22 Final
Helen Wills Moody (USA) def Helen Jacobs (GBR) W – 35 Final
Louise Brough (USA) def Darlene Hard (USA) 63 86 W – 55 SF
Maureen Connolly (USA) def Doris Hart (USA) 86 75 W – 53 Final

I was worried that Suzanne was going to default from her quarterfinal match there after such a tough rouund of 16.

What a terrific lineup for the semifinals. Would've loved to see Bueno advance to the semis but Brough-Connolly will be a good encounter.

Three Americans and a Frenchwoman.

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Semi Final Results
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Helen Wills Moody (USA) 63 86 Cannes - 1926
MaureenConnolly(USA) def Louise Brough (USA) 75 63 W – 52 Final

Final
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) vs Maureen Connolly (USA) – Not played

Unfortunately never played. Suzanne was adamant that as number one seed the match should be played on clay in France. Maureen wasn’t going to be upstaged and demanded the match be played in California on hardcourts. A compromise saw the final scheduled on the Wimbledon Centre but Papa Lenglen defaulted Suzanne from the final on the morning of the match saying that Suzanne was suffering from severe pneumonia and couldn’t get out of bed. Interestingly the day before Suzanne was seen playing 3 practice sets against her friend Elizabeth Ryan and only dropped a total of 6 points in 20 minutes but apparently not well enough to front the next day. One journalist suggested that Maureen’s coach Teach Tennant had Maureen give Suzanne some trash talk after the Ryan practice sets, to which Suzanne, ever the diva, was livid and declared that Maureen was not worthy to even grace the same court as her.

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Semi Final Results
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) def Helen Wills Moody (USA) 63 86 Cannes - 1926
MaureenConnolly(USA) def Louise Brough (USA) 75 63 W – 52 Final

Final
Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) vs Maureen Connolly (USA) – Not played

Unfortunately never played. Suzanne was adamant that as number one seed the match should be played on clay in France. Maureen wasn’t going to be upstaged and demanded the match be played in California on hardcourts. A compromise saw the final scheduled on the Wimbledon Centre but Papa Lenglen defaulted Suzanne from the final on the morning of the match saying that Suzanne was suffering from severe pneumonia and couldn’t get out of bed. Interestingly the day before Suzanne was seen playing 3 practice sets against her friend Elizabeth Ryan and only dropped a total of 6 points in 20 minutes but apparently not well enough to front the next day. One journalist suggested that Maureen’s coach Teach Tennant had Maureen give Suzanne some trash talk after the Ryan practice sets, to which Suzanne, ever the diva, was livid and declared that Maureen was not worthy to even grace the same court as her.
Few players are worthy to grace the same court as her.

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Did the crowd for the final get their money refunded?
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Haha! This tourney makes no sense. The earlier generations are GUARANTEED to win.
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