In the 1920’s America introduced new laws limiting working hours and increasing leisure time. America turned to sports to fill their leisure time and they became a national phenomenon. During this time participation as well as spectator interests soared to great numbers in a short period of time.
One of the only sports of the time to feature females as well as males.
Suzanne Langlen, one of if not the best female athlete of the time, brought attention to the game through her exceptional play as well as her daring outfits.
In a era where women were very concealed, Langlen wore dresses that left her ankles and forearms exposed, a very daring and soon accepted fashion statement.
Bill Tilden, the male star of the time, was the first nationally known tennis star in the U.S., winning 10 majors, including the Wimbledon and the age of 37
“ Big” Bill Tilden, left, in his match versus Rene “ The Crocodile” Lacoste, right Suzanne Langlen and friends Grange and Pile, left, out on the town and one of her opponents, Helen Wills, right, getting off a boat in France
The 1920’s sparked an up-rise in sports mania throughout the country. In addition to the more popular sports were horse racing, golf, and the world of motor sports. Through this era arose dedicated athletes as well as spectators. Sports society today has been greatly influenced by the everlasting impact of that decade.