Ellen Roosevelt

August 20, 1868
September 26, 1954
Place of Birth:
Hyde Park, New York
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:

At 22, in only her third appearance at the U.S. Championships, Ellen Roosevelt was victorious in the singles and also took the doubles crown with her older sister Grace in 1890. The siblings—first cousins of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt—were the first sisters to claim a major championship. They were guided by their father John Roosevelt, a strict disciplinarian who made certain they got to bed early and ate wisely and carefully. In 1893, Ellen Roosevelt won her last title of note, taking the U.S. Mixed Doubles crown.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1890
  • Doubles Champion 1890
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1893