Marguerite Broquedis

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Marguerite Broquedis
Magerite broqedis.jpg
Broquedis in 1912
Full nameMarguerite Marie Broquedis-Billout-Bordes
Country (sports) France
Born(1893-04-17)17 April 1893
Pau, France
Died23 April 1983(1983-04-23) (aged 90)
Orléans, France
Highest rankingNo. 9 (1925, A. Wallis Myers)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1925, 1927)
WimbledonSF (1925)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenSF (1925)
WimbledonQF (1927)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1927)
WimbledonF (1914)

Marguerite Marie Broquedis (French pronunciation: ​[maʁɡ(ə)ʁit bʁɔk(ə)di]; married names Billout-Bordes; 17 April 1893 – 23 April 1983) was a French female tennis player.


Broquedis was born on 17 April 1893 in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques.[1] She moved with her family to Paris around the turn of the century and started playing tennis on two dusty courts that were part of the Galerie des machines. Later she joined the Racing Club de France.[2]

Broquedis competed at the 1912 Olympics at Stockholm where she won the gold medal in outdoor singles by beating German Dora Köring 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final. In mixed doubles, she won the bronze medal partnering Albert Canet. In 1913 and 1914, she won the French championships,[3] beating 15-year-old Suzanne Lenglen in the 1914 final. Broquedis, nicknamed "the goddess", is also known for being the only player to ever beat Lenglen in a fully played singles final.[2] She also took part in the 1924 Olympics at Paris but couldn't win any medal there.[1]

She won the singles title at the French Covered Court Championships on six occasions (1910, 1912–13, 1922, 1925, and 1927).

From 1925 to 1927, Broquedis had another successful time in her tennis career, reaching the singles semifinals at Wimbledon in 1925, and the quarterfinals twice at the (now fully international) French championships in 1925 and 1927. Moreover, she won the mixed doubles title partnering Jean Borotra at Paris in 1927. She was ranked world No. 9 by A. Wallis Myers in 1925.[4]

Broquedis died in Orléans in 1983, aged 90.[1]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1914 Wimbledon Grass Australia Anthony Wilding United Kingdom Ethel Thomson Larcombe
United Kingdom James Cecil Parke
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1927 French Championships Clay France Jean Borotra Spain Lilí Álvarez
United States Bill Tilden
6–4, 2–6, 6–2

World Hard Court Championships[edit]

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1912 World Hard Court Championships Clay German Empire Mieken Rieck 6–3, 0–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1913 World Hard Court Championships Clay German Empire Mieken Rieck 4–6, 6–3, 4–6


  1. ^ a b c "Marguerite Broquedis Olympic Results". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Tinling, Ted (1979). Love and Faults : Personalities Who Have Changed the History of Tennis in My Lifetime. New York: Crown Publishers. pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0517533055.
  3. ^ The French championships were only open to players from French clubs at the time.
  4. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). History of Tennis (2nd ed.). New York City: New Chapter press. p. 721. ISBN 978-0942257700.

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