on 3 September 2012
Long before the great Evert/Navratilova or Graf/Seles rivalries there was Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills Moody. The beauty of their `rivalry' was that they were destined to only ever meet once on a tennis court although their names were and are forever entwined. The world clamoured for Lenglen/Moody showdowns and many times the two came within a ball bounce of doing battle. From slightly different eras, no two ladies could have been more different - Lenglen being flamboyant, temperamental and somewhat sickly whilst Moody was understated, demure and glowing with all American health. Both dominated their eras in a way almost impossible to imagine today and Engelmann beautifully and meticulously captures not only the lives of both but the heady times they lived in. This book is an absolute must for any tennis fans who not only enjoy a fascinating story but want to understand more about the evolution of tennis and its first two global superstars.