Elisabeth “Bessie” Holmes Moore (1876-1959) of Ridgewood was the first player to win the United States Women’s Singles lawn-tennis championship four times (1896, 1901, 1903 and 1905). This total was exceeded by only four other players in tennis history. Moore’s professional successes led her to be posthumously elected in 1971 to the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame.
Described as the “little girl from New Jersey,” 16-year-old Bessie Moore of Ridgewood was a newcomer to the national lawn tennis competition in 1892. She took the annual June women’s tournament in Philadelphia by storm and surprised spectators when she defeated a number of experienced players. Moore also won the 1896 U.S. Doubles Championship, the 1903 crown, and the U.S. mixed doubles of 1902 and 1904. In 1907, the already experienced competitor won the first U.S. Indoor Women’s Singles Championship.