Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen

Birth
Compiegne, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France
Death 4 Jul 1938 (aged 39)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Saint-Ouen, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 6, old cemetery
Memorial ID 10370680 · View Source
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Tennis Champion. The first female tennis star, she dominated her sport for most of the 1920's. Born in Compiegne, France, she took up tennis as a child to help fight asthma, from which she suffered her whole life. She shot to world fame at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, where she scored gold medals in womens' singles and mixed doubles, and the bronze in womens' doubles. Lenglen went on to 25 Grand Slam wins, including six singles titles at Wimbledon (1919 to 1923, 1925) and six at the French Open (1920 to 1923, 1925 and 1926). She also holds a Wimbledon record as the only player to have won the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles championships in the same year (1920, 1922, 1925). Ill health caused Lenglen to drop out of her only US Open appearance in 1921, sidelined her career in 1924, and finally forced her to retire in 1927. Lenglen was noted for her flamboyant, almost balletic playing style, as well as for her divaesque behavior. The French press dubbed her "The Divine One", but English and American critics were shocked by her tantrums, above-the-calf skirts, and habit of sipping brandy between sets. After withdrawing from competition Lenglen ran a tennis school and wrote several books on playing technique. She died of leukemia at 39. Lenglen was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second court at Roland Garros Stadium, site of the French Open, is named in her honor. There is now an annual "Suzanne Lenglen Cup" tournament for women in the over 35 age class.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 25 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10370680
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Suzanne Lenglen (24 May 1899–4 Jul 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10370680, citing Cimetière Parisien de Saint-Ouen, Saint-Ouen, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .