Saturday, June 4, 2011
So...Who was Suzanne Lenglen
Well first things first, Lenglen was a great player of her time, winning 12 Grand Slam titles. Lenglen lost only one match in between 1919 and 1926, pretty impressive. She was a bit of a Venus Williams of her time, with her "outrageous" tennis outfits. She cried on court, she was the original drama queen.
Not only did she play tennis but she also ran, swam and did jump rope.
My favourite fun fact, Lenglen drank brandy from an "emergency kit" while playing. I think I'm going to start taking that page out of her book...
Called La Divine (the Divine one) by the french media, Lenglen died in 1938, aged just 39. Interesting fact Kimiko Date Krumm is still playing at 40.
Some highlight from a match between Lenglen and Helen Wills Moody from Cannes played in 1926. Lenglen won 6-3 8-6