Grace Roosevelt

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Grace Roosevelt
Full name Grace Walton Roosevelt
Country (sports)  USA
Born (1867-06-03)June 3, 1867
Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
Died November 29, 1945(1945-11-29) (aged 78)
Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open F(1891)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1890)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1889)

Grace Walton Roosevelt (married name Appleton Clark) (June 3, 1867 – November 29, 1945) was a right-handed American tennis player of the end of the 19th century, born in Hyde Park, New York.

Early life[edit]

She was the daughter of John Aspinwall Roosevelt, an estate proprietor, and Ellen Murray Crosby. She started playing tennis with her sister Ellen in 1879 when her father installed a tennis court at their mansion 'Rosedale'.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1889 she won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. National Championship with A.E. Wright. She won the doubles title in 1890 with her sister Ellen, defeating compatriots Margarette Ballard and Bertha Townsend in two sets.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1890 US National Championships Grass United States Ellen Roosevelt United States Margarette Ballard
United States Bertha Townsend
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1891 US National Championships Grass United States Ellen Roosevelt United Kingdom[2] Mabel Cahill
United States Emma Leavitt-Morgan
6–2, 6–8, 4–6

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1889 US National Championships Grass United States A. E. Wright United States Bertha Townsend
United States C. T. Lee
6–1, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1891 US National Championships Grass United States C. T. Lee United Kingdom[2] Mabel Cahill
United States M. R. Wright
4–6, 0–6, 5–7

Personal life[edit]

In 1895,[3] she married lawyer Appleton LeSure Clark and had two sons, Russell and Roosevelt. She returned to Rosedale after her husband's death in 1930.[1] She was a first cousin of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David L. Porter, ed. (1995). Biographical Dictionary of American Sports. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. pp. 649–650. ISBN 978-0313284311. 
  2. ^ a b At this time, Ireland was part of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ "Clark -- Roosevelt". The New York Times. 5 December 1895. Retrieved 17 May 2017.