April 17, 1924

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News from April 17, 1924

News from April 17, 1924 (Press and Sun-Bulletin, via Newspapers.com™)

Tennis Star Helen Wills Prepares for Wimbledon

In 1924, Helen Wills, an 18-year-old tennis player from California, was poised to assert her dominance on the international stage. Recognized as the United States champion, Wills was set to participate in the Wimbledon championships in June of that year. Her success in both the British and American championships could position her as the world’s top tennis player.

Suzanne Lenglen of France, known as the reigning queen of the tennis court, had decided not to defend her title at Wimbledon that year, choosing instead to focus on the Olympic games. This decision presented Wills with a significant opportunity, although it also led to discussions about the conditions under which she might achieve victory.

Lenglen’s choice was rooted in her desire to perform at her best for France in the Olympics, a sentiment echoed by Wills’ deep commitment to representing the United States. Wills was preparing to compete not only in Wimbledon but also in the Wightman Cup matches and the Olympic games.

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