Dorothy Round Little

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Dorothy Round Little
Round Little photo.jpg
Full name Dorothy Edith Round Little
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1908-07-13)13 July 1908
Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Died 12 November 1982(1982-11-12) (aged 74)
Kidderminster, Hereford and Worcester, England
Int. Tennis HOF 1986 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1935)
Wimbledon W (1934, 1937)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1934, 1935, 1936)

Dorothy Edith Round Little (13 July 1908 – 12 November 1982) was a World No. 1 British female tennis player. She was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, where she attended the Dudley Girls High School.

Little was a rival of Helen Wills Moody and won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1934 and 1937, when Moody was absent, and the Australian Championships in 1935, which Moody never played.

According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Little was ranked in the world top ten from 1933 through 1937, reaching a career high of World No1 in 1934.,[1]

Grand Slam record[edit]

  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1934, 1937
    • Singles runner-up: 1933
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1934, 1935, 1936

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Singles: 4 (3 wins, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1933 Wimbledon Championships Grass Flag of the United States.svg Helen Wills Moody 6–4, 6–8, 6–3
Winner 1934 Wimbledon Championships Grass Flag of the United States.svg Helen Hull Jacobs 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 1935 Australian Championships Grass Flag of Australia.svg Nancy Lyle Glover 1–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 1937 Wimbledon Championships Grass Flag of Poland.svg Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 6–2, 2–6, 7–5

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A A W A A A A 1 / 1
French Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
Wimbledon 1R 2R 3R QF QF F W QF QF W A 4R 2 / 11
US Championships A A A 3R A SF A A A A A A 0 / 2
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 2 1 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 3 / 14

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.

Legacy[edit]

On 20 September 2013 the town of Dudley commemorated Dorothy by erecting a bronze statue to her in Priory Park, Dudley, the statue was unveiled by her daughter. The lifesize bronze statue was created by the British sculptor John McKenna ARBS cast at the A4A studio foundry and depicts Dorothy Round making a return play of the ball.

Also a portrait in oils on canvas by Dudley artist Philip Guest BSA now permanently hangs in Dudley Museum and Art Gallery.[citation needed] The exhibition of Local Sporting Heroes currently hosts the exhibion of Dorothy Round.[2]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud. The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New Chapter Press. 
  2. ^ "Dudley". Flog It!. Series 7. 11 March 2009. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nwbmv. Retrieved 3 November 2012.