The infamous final. So there is actually footage of this.
Wills was considered "socially awkward" and she herself admitted to being too focused (read: monomaniacal) when playing. Added to that, as Rollo pointed out, the two Helens did not get along. The clashing egos and personality disorders that we all know and love in modern era tennis have been with the game forever.That document is of great quality! :clap2: Some pieces are missing, but it looks like Wills retired without going to her opponent at all. To the contrary, we see Helen Jacobs going to her around the chair umpire. Was Wills that cold?
Not only in the crowd, but players were known to imbibe during a match, with varying results. Some men even played with a tobacco pipe clenched between their teeth.Wow, so many spectators. Good old times when one could light a fag even at sporting events. Was drinking alcoholic beverages common too?
Reportedly, a crowd of 12000 watched Budge in the 1938 Forest Hills final, and the stadium wasn't even full because a lot of people expected a rout (or half-hearted effort from Mako).I didn't realize that tennis was so popular back then. How big was the attendance at the most popular slams?
Don't think so. Wouldn't fit with the "Quiet, please" etiquette of tennis. Maybe they crammed in a few more in the upper tiers of the stadiums, but not in the reserved seats levels.Was it similar to football matches from that century where spectators didn't care for seats, so the stadiums were overcrowded because most people were standing?