Bertha Townsend Toulmin

March 07, 1869
May 12, 1909
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:

A native of Philadelphia, who died at 40 in 1909, she competed for a relatively brief time, but accomplished much in that span. In 1888, Townsend upended defending champion Ellen Hansell to secure the U.S. Championships Singles title. A year later, as if to underline that she belonged in that exclusive territory, she successfully defended her championship. Beaten in 1890 by Ellen Roosevelt in the Challenge Round, Townsend got married, and then returned to competition in 1894, but she was unable to replicate her old winning ways.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1888-89
  • Singles Finalist 1890