Elizabeth Ryan

February 05, 1892
July 08, 1979
Place of Birth:
Anaheim, California
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 3
U.S. Singles Ranking: 2

Until the day she died, the redoubtable Elizabeth Ryan held on proudly to her share of a record 19 Wimbledon titles. A Californian who spent most of her adult life in Great Britain, she won 12 women’s doubles titles and seven in the mixed at Wimbledon. At 87, she collapsed on the grounds of her beloved Wimbledon the day before Billie Jean King broke her record with a 1979 triumph in the women’s doubles. Ryan was a first-rate doubles player who never achieved success on the same level in singles.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Doubles Champion 1930, 1932-34


  • Doubles Champion 1914, 1919-23, 1925-27, 1930, 1933-34
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927-28, 1930, 1932

US National Championship

  • Doubles Champion 1926
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1926, 1933

Career Achievements

  • Wightman Cup Team Member 1926