Helen Wills in 1932
|Full name||Helen Newington Wills
Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Roark
|Country (sports)||United States|
October 6, 1905|
Centerville, CA, United States
|Died||January 1, 1998
Carmel, CA, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1959 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1927)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||W (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932)|
|Wimbledon||W (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938)|
|US Open||W (1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1924)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1930, 1932)|
|Wimbledon||W (1924, 1927, 1930)|
|US Open||W (1922, 1924, 1925, 1928)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||F (1928, 1929, 1932)|
|US Open||W (1924, 1928)|
|Wightman Cup||(1923, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1938)|
The seeded draw came into being. This means that the two best players of the tournament are placed in opposite halves in the draw, and cannot possibly meet until the finals, if they come through successfully against all the rest of the participants.
No player can become accustomed to New York's climate in August in a few days. The playing conditions, the courts in New York and France are very different.
Four times out of five the linesman gets a better view of the ball near him than the player himself.
Balls should be good for at least six sets, and for more for the average player. But if the rallies are long, they do not last as long as this. There is a fuzz on the surface that wears off on the hard court.
The angle from which the line and ball are seen makes a tremendous difference in the call, and the player who is inclined to fret inwardly about decisions should realize this.
My feelings, as the last ball travelled over the net, and as I realized that the final match was mine, I cannot describe. I felt that here was a prize for all the games I had ever played.
I can remember when, as a beginner, I was delighted with any ball as long as it would bounce.
Unless a player goes in for intensive play and tournament competition, two racquets are sufficient.
The 1927 Wimbledon finals were almost put off because of the rain, which threatened every moment.
When I play, I become entirely absorbed in the game. It may be a form of concentration.
I love the feel of hitting the ball hard, the pleasure of a rally. It is these things that make tennis the delightful game that it is.