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  • How I play tennis - Suzanne Lenglen

    91 years ago! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_90PPjyGBgk
    Regards, Phil

  • #2
    Incredible footage...

    Originally posted by gzhpcu View Post
    I posted this same video some time ago. I think it's the most extraordinary footage I have ever seen. I just love the way she makes a post out of her flank to hit the backhand smash. The clip is a treasure, it really is.
    Stotty

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    • #3
      The backhand smash at 10:27 is poetry in motion.

      Kyle LaCroix USPTA
      Boca Raton

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      • #4
        -leading to a real backhand "smash"- (in "slow-motion&quot

        I particularly like the caption as well…"-leading to a real backhand "smash"- (in "slow motion")

        Originally posted by klacr View Post
        The backhand smash at 10:27 is poetry in motion.

        Kyle LaCroix USPTA
        Boca Raton
        Exquisite…sublime! It puts GeoffWilliams' backhand smash (read high backhand volley) to shame.

        https://www.google.se/?gws_rd=ssl

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        • #5
          When I was in my early twenties, I was playing in a club in Lugano (which I wrote about), and the founder, Lee Born, who was then in his 80's, absolutely adored Susan Lenglen and used to tell endless stories about her.

          Here is Lee as I knew him, a great Belle Epoque character full of tall tales about tennis...
          Regards, Phil

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gzhpcu View Post
            When I was in my early twenties, I was playing in a club in Lugano (which I wrote about), and the founder, Lee Born, who was then in his 80's, absolutely adored Susan Lenglen and used to tell endless stories about her.

            Here is Lee as I knew him, a great Belle Epoque character full of tall tales about tennis...
            That's nice photo of Lee. What racket is that he's holding, a Spalding?
            Stotty

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            • #7
              Could be...

              Here is another clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46QFVGCZYk
              Regards, Phil

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gzhpcu View Post
                Could be...

                Here is another clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46QFVGCZYk
                She is amazing and just loves the camera. She is deliberately making poses for the camera. The press must have loved her back in the day. I imagine her strokes during matchplay against worthy opponents were less dramatic.
                Stotty

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                • #9
                  Lee Born used to say that Lenglen's father wouldn't let her compete until she was able to hit 1000 balls in a row against a wall without error...
                  Regards, Phil

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                  • #10
                    What was true then... is still true now!

                    When people come in to the shop to sign up themselves or their children to learn to play tennis, I tell them that if they want to learn to play, they better make friends with a wall somewhere. While the game may have changed, this axiom still holds as well now as it did 100 years ago.

                    don

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                    • #11
                      Phil,
                      Love the pic.

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