SUZANNE LENGLEN

First short skirt in tennis

By The Olympic Museum

Suzanne Lenglen (1920-08-16) by GettyImagesThe Olympic Museum

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Suzanne Lenglen (1920-08-16) by GettyImagesThe Olympic Museum

Nouvelle tenue pour un nouveau tennis en toute liberté
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SUZANNE LENGLEN (FRA, TENNIS) - 1899-1938

A new outfit for a new form of tennis in complete freedom.

Winner of three medals at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, in which 2,561 men and 65 women competed, Suzanne Lenglen was the first female player to wear short pleated skirts and expose her arms and lower legs.

Dressed by couturier Jean Patou, the world’s first international female tennis star combined elegance and freedom of movement at all times.

With Suzanne, the female athlete defined herself and was not afraid to express her style on the field of play.

Suzanne Lenglen : In Action, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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In Action

Suzanne Lenglen, GettyImages, 1920-08-17, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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Doubles

Suzanne Lenglen, GettyImages, 1920-08-16, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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Volley

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