In the second part of his Wimbledon 2021 preview, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at the greatest Wimbledon Women’s Champions. The Five Finest Wimbledon Men’s Champions all come from the Open Era (since 1968, when tennis finally went fully professional), with Rod Laver alone straddling both the Open and the Amateur Eras. […] READ MORE
Tag: Helen Wills
The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 8 – Helen Wills
The great Don Budge, one of only two men to complete the Calendar Grand Slam, said Helen Wills was the greatest female tennis player ever. The director and actor Charlie Chaplin went even further, claiming that watching her move around a tennis court was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Haig Patigian, the […] READ MORE
Greatest of All-Time: Maureen Connolly?
This is the fourth in a series of examining the greatest female tennis players of all time, this is the third, you may read about Helen Wills, Margaret Court and Billie Jean King‘s arguments for greatest of all time. Maureen Connolly Career: 1949-1954 Total Singles Major Titles: 9 Wimbledon: 3 US Open: 3 French Open: […] READ MORE
The Five Greatest French Open Women’s Champions
Countdown to Roland Garros: In the third part of our series building up to the French Open, Last Word on Tennis looks at the five greatest French Open Women’s Champions. In compiling a list of the five greatest French Open Women’s Champions, it is perhaps most instructive to consider who doesn’t make it – great champions […] READ MORE