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Flappers and Forehands

One of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen was a woman few now even talk about. Suzanne Lenglen was her name and her story is told in a new comic book: ‘Suzanne: The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis’.

It is said that such was Suzanne Lenglen’s popularity in her heyday – the 1920s – that Wimbledon was forced to up sticks and move to a bigger venue (where it remains to this day). A native of France, Lenglen was the inaugural world No. 1 from 1921-1926 and would go on to claim eight Grand Slam titles. And yet, she is seldom mentioned today, which is something Tom Humberstone’s new comic book aims to put right. With stunning artwork – and an eye as astute as any line judge – Humbertone explores how a figure both enormously influential, and too often overlooked, battled her father’s ambition and bias in sporting journalism – as well as her own divisive personality – to forge a new path and change sport forever. RM

Suzanne: The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis is published by Avery Hill Publishing on 1 September.

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