The Bois de Boulogne by Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1911)

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894 – 1986) was a French photographer and painter, known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and female Parisian fashion models

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Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1911 via

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Jacques Henri Lartigue, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1911 via

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Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bois de Boulogne, 1911 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL via

Vintage Photos of Suzanne Lenglen – the Greatest Female Tennis Player in History

Suzanne Lenglen (1899 – 1938) was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. She was the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the Goddess) by the French press. She dominated women’s tennis from 1914 until 1926 when she turned professional.

Prior to Lenglen, female tennis matches drew little fan interest, which quickly changed as she became her sport’s greatest drawing card. Tennis devotees and new fans to the game began lining up in droves to buy tickets to her matches. Temperamental, flamboyant, she was a passionate player whose intensity on court could lead to an unabashed display of tears. But for all her flamboyance, she was a gifted and brilliant player who used extremely agile footwork, speed and a deadly accurate shot to dominate female tennis for seven straight years. Her excellent play and introduction of glamour to the tennis court increased the interest in women’s tennis, and women’s sports in general.

Lenglen’s 241 titles, 181 match winning streak and 341-7 (98%) match record are hard to imagine happening in today’s tennis atmosphere.

 

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French tennis player Suzanne Langlen via

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Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Tennis Ensemble, 1920 via

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Jacques Henri Lartigue, Suzanne Lenglen training, Nice, 1921 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL via

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Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Ensemble, 1926 via