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Edith Eliot Rotch was best known as a female American tennis player of the start of the 20th century. Born and raised in greater Boston, she was a 1901 magna cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College in Cambridge MA.[1] During a successful tennis career, on three occasions, she won the US Women's National Championship : in mixed doubles in 1908 (with Nathaniel Niles) and in women's doubles with Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman in 1909 and 1910. In addition to tennis, she also won local trophies in ice skating. By the late 1910s, she had become active in amateur radio. Her ham call letters were 1RO, and later 1ZR. She not only had her own ham station, but she also administered the licensing exam to other amateurs.[2]

Edith Rotch
Full nameEdith Eliot Rotch
Country (sports) United States
Born(1874-08-11)August 11, 1874
DiedDecember 11, 1969(1969-12-11) (aged 95)
Grand Slam Singles results
US OpenSF (1896)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1909, 1910)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenW (1908)


Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (2 titles)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1909 US National Championships Grass   Hazel Hotchkiss   Dorothy Green
  Lois Moyes
6–1, 6–1
Winner 1910 US National Championships Grass   Hazel Hotchkiss   Adelaide Browning
  Edna Wildey
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1908 U.S. National Championships Grass   Nathaniel Niles   Louise Hammond
  Raymond Little
6–4, 4–6, 6–4


  1. ^ "Edith Eliot Rotch, Was Tennis Champion." Boston Globe, December 12, 1969, p. 45.
  2. ^ Harold B. Matson. "Woman Net Champ Leads in Radio." Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader, May 24, 1924, p. 17.