Elisabeth Moore

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Elisabeth Moore
Full name Elisabeth Holmes Moore
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1876-03-05)March 5, 1876
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Died January 22, 1959(1959-01-22) (aged 82)
Starke, FL, United States
Plays Right-handed
Int. Tennis HoF 1971 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open W (1896, 1901, 1903, 1905)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1896, 1903)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1902, 1904)

Elisabeth 'Bessie' Holmes Moore (March 5, 1876 – January 22, 1959) was an American tennis champion who was active at the beginning of the 20th century.[1] Moore won the singles title at the U.S. Championships on four occasions. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.[2]

Biography[edit]

Elisabeth Moore was born on March 5, 1876 in Brooklyn, the daughter of George Edward Moore (1840–1911), an affluent cotton broker, and Sarah Z. Orr (1857–1942). She was raised and schooled in Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. She learned to play tennis at age twelve. Moore reached her first U.S. National Championships singles final in 1892 at the age of 16 years and 3 months, losing to Mabel Cahill from Ireland in the first five-set match contested between two women.[3] In the final years of the 19th century she had a rivalry with Juliette Atkinson.[4]

She won the inaugural U.S. Indoor Women's Singles Championship in 1907, defeating Marie Wagner in the final in three sets. The following year, 1908, she also won the inaugural indoor doubles title, partnering Helen Pouch.[3]

Elisabeth Moore died on January 22, 1959 in Starke, Florida from congestive heart failure.[2][3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Moore circa 1912

Singles (4 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1892 U.S. National Championships Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Mabel Cahill 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Winner 1896 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Juliette Atkinson 6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1897 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Juliette Atkinson 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Myrtle McAteer 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1902 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Marion Jones 1–6, 0–1 retired
Winner 1903 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Marion Jones 7–5, 8–6
Runner-up 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass United States May Sutton 1–6, 2–6
Winner 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass United States May Sutton default
Runner-up 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Helen Homans default

Doubles (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1895 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Amy Williams United States Juliette Atkinson
United States Helen Hellwig
2–6, 2–6, 10–12
Winner 1896 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Juliette Atkinson United States Annabella C. Wistar
United States Amy Williams
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Marion Jones United States Juliette Atkinson
United States Myrtle McAteer
default
Winner 1903 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Carrie Neely United States Miriam Hall
United States Marion Jones
6–4, 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Carrie Neely United States May Sutton Bundy
United States Miriam Hall
6–3, 3–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles (2 titles)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1902 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Wylie C. Grant United States Elizabeth Rastall
United States Albert L. Hoskins
6–2, 6–1
Winner 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Wylie C. Grant United States May Sutton
United States F. B. Dallas
6–2, 6–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On The Tennis Courts" (PDF). New York Times. August 31, 1910. Retrieved 2010-11-18. In the lower half Miss Elizabeth H. Moore, the former champion defeated her rival Miss Edna Wildey. 6–4. 7–3. ... 
  2. ^ a b "Elisabeth Moore". International Tennis Hall of Fame. A precocious competitor, Moore made it to the final of the 1892 U.S. Championships at the age of 16, losing to Mabel Cahill in the first fiveset match contested between two women. In 1896, she collected the first of her four titles in that tournament. ... 
  3. ^ a b c Joan N. Burstyn, ed. (1997). Past and Promise : Lives of New Jersey Women (1st Syracuse University Press ed.). Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press. pp. 173–174. ISBN 978-0815604181. 
  4. ^ "Two lawn tennis stars". Stevens Point Daily Journal. June 14, 1897. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). For several years Miss Moore and Miss Atkinson have been the bright particular stars of the meeting, and a very large share of the interest is always centered in their match, for they invariably come together sooner or later. In fact, these two girls are so decidedly the most skilled women players of the country that for two or three years the result of almost every tournament for which they have entered has hung on their meeting; it has narrowed down to a duel between them. 

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