LENGLEN Suzanne (1899-1938) France / Tennis
Born into a well-to-do family, little Suzanne profited from her father's advice to advance swiftly. What's more, her game was very modern for the time. She won the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments six times and remains to this day one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Suzanne Lenglen so dominated the world of women's tennis that she only conceded one set in the 1920 Olympic tournament at Antwerp to reach the final and win. While she was at it, she won the mixed doubles with her compatriot Max Decujis.Suzanne Lenglen was the first Frenchwoman to win a gold medal at the games. She was the first champion to wear extravagant clothes on court. She died of leukaemia at the age of 39.