Dorothy Cheney

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Dorothy Bundy Cheney
Full name Dorothy Bundy Cheney
Country  United States
Born (1916-09-01) September 1, 1916 (age 97)
Los Angeles, California
Int. Tennis HOF 2004 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 6 (1946, John Olliff)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1938)
French Open SF (1946)
Wimbledon SF (1946)
US Open SF (1937, 1938, 1943, 1944)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1938)
US Open F (1940, 1941)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (1946)
Wimbledon F (1946)
US Open F (1940, 1944)

Dorothy “Dodo” Bundy Cheney (born September 1, 1916 in Los Angeles, California) is the daughter of Tennis Hall of Famer May Sutton Bundy and U.S. doubles champion Tom Bundy (1912–1914). She has been an outstanding American tennis player from her youth into her 90s. She played most of her tennis at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. In 1938, Cheney became the first American to win the women's singles title at the Australian Championships, defeating Dorothy Stevenson in the final.

Tennis career[edit]

Cheney was a three-time runner-up in Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments. At the 1938 Australian Championships, Cheney and her partner Dorothy Workman lost to Nancye Wynne Bolton and Thelma Coyne Long 9–7, 6–4. At the 1940 U.S. Championships, Cheney and her partner Marjorie Gladman Van Ryn lost to Alice Marble and Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–3, 9–7, which was the latter team's fifth consecutive title at the U.S. Championships. At the 1941 U.S. Championships, Cheney and her partner Pauline Betz Addie lost to the team of Cooke and Margaret Osborne duPont 3–6, 6–1, 6–4.

Cheney was a four-time runner-up in Grand Slam mixed doubles tournaments. At the 1940 U.S. Championships, Cheney and her partner Jack Kramer lost to Marble and Bobby Riggs 9–7, 6–1. At the 1944 U.S. Championships, Cheney and her partner Donald McNeill lost to duPont and William Talbert 6–2, 6–3. At the 1946 French Championships, Cheney and her partner Thomas Brown lost to Betz Addie and Budge Patty 7–5, 9–7. At Wimbledon in 1946, Cheney and her partner Geoff Brown lost to Louise Brough Clapp and Thomas Brown 6–4, 6–4.

Cheney was a member of the victorious U.S. Wightman Cup teams from 1937 through 1939.

Cheney won the Cincinnati singles title in 1944, defeating Betz Addie in the final. Cheney also won the Cincinnati doubles title that year. In 1945, Cheney was a singles runner-up and doubles winner in Cincinnati.

Cheney was still competing in selected top level events at the age of 51. In 1967, she upset a seeded player, Karen Krantzcke, in the third round of the Pacific Southwest Championships 6–2, 6–2 just two weeks after Krantzcke had reached the third round of the US Open. Now 91 years old, Cheney still competes in tennis events and currently holds the record for the most United States Tennis Association senior titles — more than 350.

According to A. Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Cheney was ranked in the world top ten in 1937 and 1946 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 6 in those rankings in 1946.[1] Cheney was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association from 1936 through 1941, 1943 through 1946, and in 1955. She was the third-ranked U.S. player in 1937, 1938, and 1941.[2]

Cheney was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 19461 19471 - 1954 1955 1956 - 1958 1959 Career SR
Australia A A W A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A 1 / 1
France A A A A NH R R R R A SF A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A 4R A NH NH NH NH NH NH SF A A A A 0 / 2
United States QF SF SF QF QF QF A SF SF QF 1R A 3R A 1R 0 / 12
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 16

NH = tournament not held.

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

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  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 702. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  2. ^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 260.