Ellen Roosevelt

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Ellen Roosevelt
Ellen Roosevelt.jpg
Full nameEllen Crosby Roosevelt
Country (sports) USA
Born(1868-08-20)August 20, 1868
Rosedale, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 1954(1954-09-26) (aged 86)
Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
Int. Tennis HoF1975 (member page)
Grand Slam Singles results
US OpenW (1890)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1890)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenW (1893)

Ellen Crosby Roosevelt (August 20, 1868 in Rosedale, New York[1] – September 26, 1954 in Hyde Park, New York) was an American tennis player.

She was the daughter of John Aspinwall Roosevelt, an estate proprietor, and Ellen Murray Crosby. She started playing tennis with her sister Grace in 1879 when her father installed a tennis court at their mansion 'Rosedale'.[2]

She won the women's singles title at the 1890 U.S. Championships defeating the 1888 and 1889 champion Bertha Townsend in the final in two straight sets.[3][4] That year she also won the doubles title with her sister. They were the first pair of sisters to win the U.S. Championships and remained the only pair to do so until the Williams sisters equalled their achievement in 1999.[5] At the 1893 U.S. Championships she won the mixed doubles title partnering Oliver Campbell.

A first cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1975.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1890 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bertha Townsend 6–2, 6–2

Doubles (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1890 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Grace Roosevelt United States Margarette Ballard
United States Bertha Townsend
6–1, 6–2

Mixed doubles (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1893 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Oliver Campbell United States Ethel Bankston
United States Robert Willson
6–4, 4–6, 10–6


  1. ^ "Long Island Genealogy Surname Database". longislandgenealogy.com. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  2. ^ David L. Porter, ed. (1995). Biographical Dictionary of American Sports. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. pp. 649–650. ISBN 978-0313284311.
  3. ^ "The Tennis Tournament" (PDF). The New York Times. June 12, 1890.
  4. ^ "Ladies Who Play Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times. June 10, 1890.
  5. ^ "Tennis; A Consolation for Williamses". The New York Times. June 7, 1999. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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