Helen Jacobs in 1933.
Was there "a feud"? The press fanned the flames, real or not, but both women denied disliking the other.
"Big Helen" and "Little Helen" had the same coach (Pop Fuller), lived in the same house (at different times) and went to the same college.
Did Wills dislike have to do with class, religious, or sexual preferences? Wills had a doctor for a father-Jacobs was, in author Ted Tinling's words "in trade"-the mining trade.
Jacobs was half-Jewish, a fact little trumpeted at the time but no doubt known to Wills.
Finally some speculate the Wills was disgusted by Jacobs' lesbianism.
All these theories are mere conjecture. It was not until 1929 that any whiff of antipathy surfaces. THE USTA, contrary to all tradition, allowed Wills to select a partner to tour Europe with. Of course all expenses would be paid. Wills skipped right over Jacobs, the clear American #2 and choose her friend Edith Cross.
Incensed backers raised money to send Jacobs to Europe. Making the final at Wimbledon, she was crushed by "Queen Helen".