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Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Unsatisfied with her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first women's tennis player to turn profession

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  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Unsatisfied with her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first women's tennis player to turn profession
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied with her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading am
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amat
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she was the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn profe
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social figures with whom she was acquainted for her biggest matches, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leadi
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social figures with whom she was acquainted, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn profe
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and acquainted with prominent social figures, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Leng
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and having been acquainted with prominent social figures, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn profes
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and having been acquainted with many prominent social figures, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn p
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and her many prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lengl
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and various prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lengle
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, drawing her popularity from being the youngest major champion in tennis history, her elegant style of play, and her exuberant personality. Playing to sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, drawing her popularity from being the youngest major champion in history, her elegant style of play, and her exuberant personality. Playing to sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, drawing her popularity from being the youngest major champion in history, her balletic style of play, and her exuberant personality. Playing to sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateu
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, drawing her popularity from being the youngest major champion in history, her balletic style of play, and her exuberant personality. Playing in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from t
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, drawing her popularity from being the youngest major champion in history, her balletic style of play, and her exuberant personality. Having played in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, drawing her popularity from being the youngest major champion in history, her balletic style of play, and her exuberant personality. Having played in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognised as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player who was one of tennis's most popular stars in the 1920s. She drew her popularity from being the youngest major champion in history, her balletic style of play, and her exuberant personality. Having played in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social acquaintances, she is recognised as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis pl
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 to 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. She won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 to 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. In doubles, she was undefeated with her regular partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. Because of her immense popularity and prominent social acquaintances, Lenglen is recognised as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. She was also the first leading amateur to turn professional, and was ranked as the greatest wo
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was ranked as the inaugural world No. 1 from 1921 to 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total, as well as 10 World Championship titles. She won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 to 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. In doubles, she was undefeated with her regular partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. Because of her immense popularity and prominent social acquaintances, Lenglen is recognised as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. She was also the first leading amateur to turn professional, and was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player
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  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Unsatisfied with her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first women's tennis player to turn professional. Lenglen has been ranked by the Tennis Channel as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was relatively unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne, or "our Suzanne", and was universally called La Divine, or "The Goddess". She died in 1938 at the age of 39. Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second show court at the site of the French Open, is named in her honour. Lenglen was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied with her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first women's tennis player to turn professional. Lenglen has been ranked by the Tennis Channel as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was relatively unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne, or "our Suzanne", and was universally called La Divine, or "The Goddess". She died in 1938 at the age of 39. Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second show court at the site of the French Open, is named in her honour. Lenglen was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied with her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into women's tennis. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is often regarded as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into women's tennis. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she was the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into women's tennis. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she was the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into women's tennis. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she was the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into women's tennis. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she was the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she was the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours for years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tour laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours in years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and appearing on the front pages of newspapers for her biggest matches, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tours laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours in years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social figures with whom she was acquainted for her biggest matches, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tours laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours in years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social figures with whom she was acquainted, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as notre Suzanne (our Suzanne) and universally called La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tours laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours in years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and prominent social figures with whom she was acquainted, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tours laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours in years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
  • Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player. She was one of tennis's biggest stars in the 1920s, building her popularity on her status as the youngest major champion in tennis history as well as her elegant style of play and exuberant personality. Often playing in front of sell-out crowds and acquainted with prominent social figures, she is recognized as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity. Lenglen was ranked No. 1 in the world from the start of the rankings in 1921 through 1926, winning 8 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 in total. She also won 10 World Championship titles across all disciplines. Dissatisfied by her lack of income, she forfeited her amateur status and became the first leading amateur to turn professional. Lenglen was ranked as the greatest women's tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series. Born to wealthy parents in Paris, Lenglen began playing tennis at 11 years old. Coached primarily by her father Charles throughout her career, she quickly emerged as a child prodigy. She won her first major title at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships at the age of 15 with just four years of experience playing the sport. After World War I delayed her career for four years, Lenglen returned to competitive tennis in 1919 and won her Wimbledon debut in a classic final that finished as the second-longest in history by games played. Following the war, she was largely unchallenged, only losing one match and ending her amateur career on a 179-match winning streak. She often won her matches by lopsided scores and never lost more than three games in a set in any of her 12 major singles finals apart from her first final at Wimbledon. Overall, Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 through 1923, and also won triple crowns at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. Her only post-war loss came in a retirement against Molla Mallory in her only amateur match in the United States. Lenglen also had prolific careers in doubles and mixed doubles. She was undefeated with her regular doubles partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. One of Lenglen's highest-profile matches towards the end of her career was her victory over Helen Wills in the Match of the Century, their only career meeting. Following a misunderstanding at Wimbledon in 1926, Lenglen abruptly retired from amateur tennis, signing to headline a five-month professional tour in the United States beginning later that year. Lenglen was referred to by the French press as La Divine (The Goddess), embodying her mythical persona and perceived infallibility at tennis. She put women at the forefront of competitive tennis and revolutionized the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men's tennis into the women's game. Lenglen pioneered wearing sportswear suitable for playing tennis in matches and brought fashion into the game as well, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear. Her professional tours laid the foundation for the series of men's professional tours in years to come up until the Open Era, and led to the creation of the first major men's professional tournaments starting the following year. Lenglen died in 1938 at the age of 39. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.
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