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Marguerite Broquedis-Billout

Full name: Marguerite Marie Broquedis-Billout (-Bordes)
Nickname(s): The Goddess
Gender: Female
Born: April 17, 1893 in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Died: April 23, 1983 in Orléans, Loiret, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Marguerite Broquedis played in the 1912 Olympics, winning two medals, and returned to the Olympics in 1924, after her marriage, as Mrs. Billout. She won her 1912 singles gold medal by a bit of gamesmanship: when trailing she left the court to change her shoes, and after returning, her opponent Dora Köring was completely out of rhythm and lost the match. Broquedis was French ladies’ singles champion in 1913-14, won the ladies’ doubles in 1924, with Yvonne Bourgeois, and was mixed doubles champion in 1911, with André Gobert, and 1924, with Jean Borotra. All of those championships were won when the French title was a closed competition. In 1927 she won what is considered her only Grand Slam title when, by then as Mrs. Bordes, she and Borotra won the French mixed doubles after it had become an open competition. Broquedis also won the 1912 World Hard Court Title, which was, at that time, played on clay. Indoors she won multiple French titles – ladies’ singles in 1910, 1912-13, 1922, 1925, and 1927; ladies’ doubles in 1925, with Bourgeois; and mixed doubles in 1913 (with William Laurentz) and 1922 and 1925 with Borotra.

Termed "The Goddess" for her pinup looks, Broquedis is actually best known as the last player to have defeated Suzanne Lenglen in a full match, which she did in May 1914 in the French Closed Final. Lenglen was only 15-years-old at the time and lost only one other known match, when she withdrew from illness in 1921 while playing Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis Women's Singles France FRA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis Mixed Doubles France FRA 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles France FRA 15T
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis Women's Doubles France-2 FRA 4

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1912-07-04 Broquedis-Billout (FRA) 2, Köring (GER) 1 2
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1912-07-03 Broquedis-Billout (FRA) 2, Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 1 2
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1912-07-03 Broquedis-Billout (FRA) 2, Cederschiöld (SWE) 0 2
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Round One Match #8 AC 1912-07-01 Broquedis-Billout (FRA) walkover

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Albert Canet Final Round Match 3/4 AC 1912-07-05 FRA walkover
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Albert Canet Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1912-07-04 GER 2, FRA 0 0
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Albert Canet Quarter-Finals Match #1 AC 1912-07-03 FRA walkover
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Tennis France FRA Albert Canet Round One Match #1 1 1912-07-01 FRA 2, SWE-3 0 2
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis France FRA Jean Borotra Round One Match #5 2 USA-2 2, FRA 0 0

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Yvonne Bourgeois Final Round Match 3/4 2 1924-07-19 GBR-1 2, FRA-2 0 0
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Yvonne Bourgeois Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-18 GBR-2 2, FRA-2 0 0
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Yvonne Bourgeois Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-17 FRA-2 2, ITA 0 2
1924 Summer 31 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Yvonne Bourgeois Round Two Match #2 1 FRA-2 2, ESP 1 2
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