Helen Wills Moody Roark

Born:
October 06, 1905
Died:
January 01, 1998
Place of Birth:
Centreville, California
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Player
Year of Induction:
1959
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

An imperious woman who ruled from the baseline with utter reliability and unwavering resolve, Helen Wills Moody dominated the game in the 1920s and 1930s and left rivals wondering if there was any way possible to break her winning pattern. “Little Miss Poker Face” collected eight Wimbledon singles titles, winning 50 of 51 matches on the British grass courts. In her native U.S. Championships, this implacable Californian took the singles title seven times. In all, she secured 19 Grand Slam singles championships. Wills Moody kept a commanding length off the ground and never beat herself.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1928-30, 1932
  • Doubles Champion 1930, 1932

Wimbledon

  • Singles Champion 1927-30, 1932-33, 1935, 1938
  • Doubles Champion, 1924, 1927, 1930
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1929

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1923-25, 1927-29, 1931
  • Doubles Champion 1922, 1924-25, 1928
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1924, 1928

Career Achievements

  • Wightman Cup Team Member 1923-25, 1927-32, 1938
  • Olympic Gold Medallist in Women’s Singles 1924
  • Olympic Gold Medallist in Women’s Doubles 1924