Suzanne Lenglen, Tennis' First Enigmatic Superstar
Long before Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, or Chris Evert, a Frenchwoman named Suzanne Lenglen took the world of women’s tennis by storm.
Not only did Lenglen dominate her fellow competitors to the tune of 241 titles and a career-winning percentage of 98, but she revolutionized the sport. From the way she played, the way she dressed, and how she comported herself, no one had ever seen a tennis player like Lenglen. Taking sips of Cognac during matches and refusing to bow to British royalty, no tennis player ever, man or woman, blazed a trail quite like Lenglen.