It gave its name to the second largest court at Roland Garros. On Sunday May 30, the France Télévisions teams look into the history of tennis player Suzanne Lenglen.
Suzanne Lenglen is nicknamed the divine, or even the invincible. On the courts, in the 1920s, his reign was unchallenged. A brilliant athlete and elegant woman of the world, Suzanne Lenglen left her mark on tennis. He is first and foremost a child prodigy, already world champion at the age of 15. A few more years were enough for him to settle at the top of world tennis, with 241 titles won thanks to a style as formidable as it was unique.
To win, you have to jump and run, which was impossible in the outfits of the time. Suzanne Lenglen refuses to adapt, so the outfits will adapt to her. A silk designer dress is made especially for her, instead of the long skirts and corsets of the time, a revolution. In 1919, in the United Kingdom, she was the first non-Briton to win the Wimbledon tournament. Suzanne Lenglen has won everywhere, except at Roland-Garros where a statue of her sits today.
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