Dorothy Round

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Dorothy Round
Round Little photo.jpg
Full name Dorothy Edith Round
Country (sports)  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)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open F (1931)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1934, 1935, 1936)

Dorothy Edith Round or Dorothy Round Little (13 July 1908 – 12 November 1982) was a British tennis player. She won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1934 and 1937, and the Australian Championships in 1935.

She was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, where she attended the Dudley Girls High School.

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]

On 2 September 1939 she married Dr Douglas Leigh Little, a practitioner, at the Wesley Methodist Church in Dudley.[2]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

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

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1933 Wimbledon Grass United States Helen Wills Moody 4–6, 8–6, 3–6
Winner 1934 Wimbledon Grass United States Helen Jacobs 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 1935 Australian Championships Grass United Kingdom Nancy Lyle Glover 1–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 1937 Wimbledon Grass Poland Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 6–2, 2–6, 7–5

Doubles: 1 runner-up[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1931 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Helen Jacobs United Kingdom Betty Nuthall
United Kingdom Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
2–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles: 3 titles[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1934 Wimbledon Grass Japan Ryuki Miki United Kingdom Dorothy Shepherd Barron
United Kingdom Bunny Austin
3–6, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 1935 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Fred Perry Australia Nell Hopman
Australia Harry Hopman
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 1936 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Fred Perry United States Sarah Fabyan
United States Don Budge
7–9, 7–5, 6–4

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.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud. The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New Chapter Press. 
  2. ^ "Miss Dorothy Round". The Glasgow Herald. 3 September 1937. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Dudley". Flog It!. Series 7. 11 March 2009. BBC. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 

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