Helen Wills Moody was a professional tennis player with 19 Grand Slam singles titles and two Olympic gold medals. She is a former World Number 1 in women’s singles and in women’s doubles. In 1959, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Player Profile

Helen Newington Wills, known as Helen Wills Moody After her 1929 marriage to Frederick Moody was born on October 6, 1905, in Centerville, California in the United States of America.

Height / weight 1.71 m / 68 kg
Born 6 Oct 1905
Died 1 Jan 1998 (92 years)
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Lttle Miss Poker face

She died on January 1, 1998, at the age of 92 in Carmel, California. She was right-handed and she stood 171 cm tall.

She started playing tennis when she was 9 years old after her father bought her a tennis racket. Moody had started becoming interested in tennis after watching May Sutton, Bill Johnston, and Maurice McLoughlin play.

Career

She started playing tournaments in 1919 and she retired in 1938. In total, she has 19 singles Grand Slam titles playing in the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. She also has 9 doubles titles and three mixed doubles titles.

In addition, she helped the United States win the Wightman Cup six times.

In 1924, she won two Gold Medals at the Paris Olympics. One for women’s singles tennis and another for women’s doubles tennis.

One of her greatest rivals and contemporaries in tennis was Suzanne Lenglen. They featured in a highly publicized match named ‘Match of the Century’’ in 1926.

Moody retired in 1938. Then in 1959, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Career Record

Singles

  • Career Record: 398–35 (91.9%)

  • Highest Singles Ranking: 1 (1927)

Best Grand Slam Singles Performances

  • 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)

Doubles

  • Highest Doubles Ranking: 1 (1924)

Grand Slam Doubles Performances

  • French Open - W (1930, 1932)
  • Wimbledon - W (1924, 1927, 1930)
  • US Open - W (1922, 1924, 1925, 1928)

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Performances

  • French Open - F (1928, 1929, 1932)
  • Wimbledon - W (1929)
  • US Open - W (1924, 1928)

Team Competitions

  • Wightman Cup - (1923, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1938)

Medal Record

  • Gold - 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Women’s Singles Tennis
  • Gold - 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Women’s Doubles Tennis

People Ask

Did Helen Wills Moody win an Olympic gold medal?

Yes. At the 1924 Paris Olympics, she won the gold medals for women’s singles and women’s doubles tennis.

How tall was Helen Wills Moody?

Her height was listed at 171 cm or 5ft and 7.5 inches tall.

How many Grand Slam titles does Helen Wills Moody have?

She has 19 singles Grand Slam titles. In addition, she also has 9 doubles and 3 mixed doubles titles.

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