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Dorothy "Dodo" May Sutton Bundy Cheney (September 1, 1916 – November 23, 2014) was an American tennis player from her youth into her 90s.[1] In 1938, Bundy was the first American to win the women's singles title at the Australian National Championships, defeating Dorothy Stevenson in the final.[2]

Dorothy Bundy Cheney
Dorothy Bundy 1929.jpg
Bundy in 1929
Full nameDorothy May Sutton Bundy Cheney
Country (sports) United States
Born(1916-09-01)September 1, 1916
Los Angeles, California
DiedNovember 23, 2014(2014-11-23) (aged 98)
Escondido, California
Int. Tennis HoF2004 (member page)
Singles
Highest rankingWorld No. 6 (1946, John Olliff)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1938)
French OpenSF (1946)
WimbledonSF (1946)
US OpenSF (1937, 1938, 1943, 1944)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1938)
US OpenF (1940, 1941)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1946)
WimbledonF (1946)
US OpenF (1940, 1944)

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Personal lifeEdit

Cheney was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Tennis Hall of Famer May Sutton Bundy (1886–1975) and U. S. men's doubles champion Tom Bundy (1881–1945). She was the grandmother of former Major League Baseball player Danny Putnam.[3] Cheney died on November 23, 2014, in Escondido, California at the age of 98.[2]

Tennis careerEdit

According to A. Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bundy Cheney was ranked in the world top 10 in 1937 and 1946 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of sixth in 1946.[4]

The United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) included Bundy Cheney in its year-end, top-ten rankings of U. S. players from 1936 through 1941, 1943 through 1946, and in 1955. She was ranked third in 1937, 1938, and 1941.[5]

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

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

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. Her win-loss singles records against some much younger, elite players were as follows:

  • 7–2 Doris Hart
  • 4–1 Billie Jean King
  • 4–2 Shirley Fry
  • 6–5 Margaret Osborne duPont
  • 0–1 Althea Gibson
  • 0–1 Angela Mortimer
  • 0–1 Ann Haydon Jones
  • 0–1 Lesley Turner Bowrey
  • 0–1 Nancy Richey
  • 2–4 Maureen Connolly
  • 0–2 Rosemary Casals
  • 0–3 Carole Caldwell Graebner
  • 1–5 Darlene Hard
  • 1–6 Karen Hantze Susman
  • 4–10 Louise Brough
  • 1–15 Beverly Baker Fleitz

By the end of her senior age-groups playing career, Cheney had amassed 394 USTA titles — a record.[6]

Grand Slam and other singles tournamentsEdit

In the first singles match of her career at any Grand Slam tournament, Bundy upset second-seeded Sarah Palfrey Fabyan in the first round of the 1936 U. S. National Championships. Bundy ultimately lost in the quarterfinals.

The first nine times that Bundy Cheney played singles at the U. S. National Championships, she reached at least the quarterfinals. During those (and other) years, she had no "bad" losses at Grand Slam singles tournaments. Her losses were as follows

Year Tournament Cheney's Seeding Round Opponent
Name Seeding Finish
1936 U. S. National Championships None QF Helen Pedersen Seventh SF
1937 U. S. National Championships Sixth SF Anita Lizana Second foreign Champion
1938 U. S. National Championships Third SF Nancye Wynne Fourth foreign Runner-up
1938 Wimbledon Championships None 4R Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Seventh QF
1939 U. S. National Championships Fourth QF Virginia Wolfenden Eighth SF
1940 U. S. National Championships Fourth QF Valerie Scott Second foreign SF
1941 U. S. National Championships Third QF Helen Jacobs Fifth SF
1943 U. S. National Championships Eighth SF Louise Brough Second Runner-up
1944 U. S. National Championships Fourth SF Margaret Osborne Second Runner-up
1945 U. S. National Championships Seventh QF Sarah Palfrey Cooke Second Champion
1946 Wimbledon Championships Fifth SF Pauline Betz First Champion
1946 French International Championships Twelfth SF Pauline Betz First Runner-up
1946 U. S. National Championships Fourth 1R Dorothy Head Knode None QF
1948 U. S. National Championships None 2R Louise Brough First Champion
1955 U. S. National Championships Seventh 3R Patricia Ward None Runner-up
1959 U. S. National Championships None 1R Christine Truman Third Runner-up

Bundy Cheney also had several significant singles wins at Grand Slam tournaments:

Year Tournament Round Opponent Opponent's
Seeding
1936 U. S. National Championships 1R Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Second
1937 U. S. National Championships 3R Marie Horn Fourth foreign
1937 U. S. National Championships QF Alice Marble First
1938 U. S. National Championships 2R Margaret Osborne None
1938 U. S. National Championships QF Simone Mathieu Second foreign
1939 U. S. National Championships 3R Freda James Fifth foreign
1941 U. S. National Championships 3R Patricia Canning Todd None
1943 U. S. National Championships QF Margaret Osborne Third
1944 U. S. National Championships 2R Patricia Canning Todd None
1944 U. S. National Championships QF Doris Hart Second
1946 Wimbledon Championships 4R Betty Nuthall None
1946 Wimbledon Championships QF Katherine Stammers None

Cheney won the singles title at the 1944 Tri-Cities Championships in Cincinnati, defeating Betz in the final. The following year, Cheney was the singles runner-up at that tournament.

Grand Slam and other women's doubles tournamentsEdit

Bundy Cheney was a three-time runner-up in Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments: 1938 Australian National Championships, 1940 U. S. National Championships, and 1941 U. S. National Championships.

Cheney won the women's doubles title at the 1944 and 1945 Tri-Cities Championships in Cincinnati.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 0 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1938 Australian National Championships Grass   Dorothy Stevenson 6–3, 6–2

Women's doubles (0 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1938 Australian National Championships Grass   Dorothy Workman   Nancye Wynne
  Thelma Coyne Long
7–9, 4–6
Runner-up 1940 U. S. National Championships Grass   Marjorie Gladman Van Ryn   Alice Marble
  Sarah Palfrey
3–6, 7–9
Runner-up 1941 U. S. National Championships Grass   Pauline Betz   Margaret Osborne
  Sarah Palfrey Cooke
6–3, 1–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles (0 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1940 U. S. National Championships Grass   Jack Kramer   Alice Marble
  Bobby Riggs
7–9, 1–6
Runner-up 1944 U. S. National Championships Grass   Don McNeill   Margaret Osborne
  Bill Talbert
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1946 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Geoff Brown   Louise Brough
  Tom Brown
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1946 French International Championships Clay   Tom Brown   Pauline Betz
  Budge Patty
5–7, 7–9

Other singles finals (21 titles, 26 runner-ups)Edit

Result Week of Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Won Apr 5, 1937 Ambassador Hotel Invitational
Los Angeles, California
Hard Barbara Winslow 6–4, 8–6
Won Apr 19, 1937 Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament
Ojai, California, U. S.
Hard Barbara Winslow 6–2, 6–2
Won May 3, 1937 Southern California Sectional Championships
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Gracyn Wheeler 6–1, 6–8, 7–5
Lost Jun 28, 1937 Hotel del Coronado Invitational
Coronado, California, U. S.
Hard Bonnie Miller Blank 5–7, 4–6
Won Jul 12, 1937 Colorado State Championships
Denver Country Club
Denver, Colorado, U. S.
Clay Carolin Babcock 4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Won Dec 6, 1937 Victorian Championships
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Melbourne, Australia
Grass Nancye Wynne 6–4, 1–6, 6–4
Won Apr 18, 1938 Ambassador Hotel Invitational
Ambassador Tennis Club
Los Angeles, California
Hard May Doeg Smith 8–6, 3–6, 6–2
Won Apr 25, 1938 Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament
Ojai, California, U. S.
Hard Gertrude Bishop Bixler 6–3, 6–3
Lost May 23, 1938 Middlesex Championships
Chiswick Tennis Club
London, United Kingdom
Grass Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 5–7, 2–6
Lost Jul 11, 1938 Scottish Championships
Peebles, Scotland
Grass Mary Hardwick 2–6, 5–7
Lost Jul 25, 1938 Seabright Invitational
Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club
Rumson, New Jersey, U. S.
Grass Alice Marble 2–6, 2–6
Lost Aug 8, 1938 Eastern Grass Court Championships
Westchester Country Club
Rye, New York, U. S.
Grass Alice Marble 5–7, 0–6
Won Sep 26, 1938 Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Sarah Palfrey Fabyan 6–4, 6–4
Won Jan 9, 1939 Palm Springs Invitational
Palm Springs Tennis Club
Palm Springs, California, U. S.
Hard Mary Arnold Prentiss 6–4, 6–2
Won Jun 26, 1939 Colorado State Championships
Denver Country Club
Denver, Colorado, U. S.
Clay Marjorie Gladman Van Ryn 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Lost Sep 25, 1939 Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Alice Marble 7–9, 1–6
Lost Jan 8, 1940 Palm Springs Invitational
El Mirador Tennis Club
Palm Springs, California, U. S.
Hard Helen Bernhard 3–6, 4–6
Won Apr 15, 1940 Beverley Hills Invitational
Beverley Hills, California, U. S.
Hard Helen Bernhard 6–2, 7–5
Won Apr 22, 1940 Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament
Ojai, California, U. S.
Hard Pauline Betz 6–4, 6–4
Won Jun 24, 1940 Hotel del Coronado Invitational
Coronado, California, U. S.
Hard Louise Brough 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Won Jul 8, 1940 Colorado State Championships
Denver, Colorado, U. S.
Clay Esther Bartosh 7–5, 6–4
Lost Jul 15, 1940 Eastern Clay Court Championships
Jackson Heights Tennis Club
New York City, U. S.
Clay Virginia Wolfenden 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Won Jul 29, 1940 Maidstone Invitational
Maidstone Lawn Tennis Club
East Hampton, New York, U. S.
Grass Gracyn Wheeler 6–2, 6–3
Won Sep 16, 1940 Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Valerie Scott 6–3, 6–3
Won Nov 11, 1940 Championships of the Argentine
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Won Nov 25, 1940 International Tournament of Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–4, 7–9, 6–3
Lost Dec 2, 1940 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 8–6, 3–6, 3–6
Lost Dec 9, 1940 Championship of the Fluminense
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 2–6, 1–6
Lost Jan 20, 1941 Florida West Coast Championships
St. Petersburg, Florida, U. S.
Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 5–7, 1–6
Lost Feb 3, 1941 South Florida Championships
West Palm Beach, Florida, U. S.
Clay Pauline Betz 4–6, 1–6
Lost Feb 24, 1941 Southeastern Sectional Championships
Jacksonville, Florida, U. S.
Clay Pauline Betz 4–6, 9–11
Lost Jun 23, 1941 Hotel del Coronado Invitational
Coronado, California, U. S.
Hard Louise Brough 2–6, 11–9, 2–6
Lost Sep 15, 1941 Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Sarah Palfrey Cooke 3–6, 5–7
Lost Nov 17, 1941 Championships of the Argentine
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–3, 7–9, 5–7
Won Jun 12, 1944 U. S. Clay Court Championships
Detroit Tennis Club
Detroit, Michigan, U. S.
Clay Mary Arnold Prentiss 7–5, 6–4
Won Jun 19, 1944 Tri-State Championships
Cincinnati Tennis Club
Cincinnati, Ohio, U. S.
Clay Pauline Betz 7–5, 6–4
Lost Jul 3, 1944 Western Sectional Championships
Neenah, Wisconsin, U. S.
Clay Pauline Betz 1–6, 2–6
Lost Jul 10, 1944 Chicago Open
River Forest Tennis Club
River Forest, Illinois, U. S.
Clay Mary Arnold Prentiss 7–9, 4–6
Lost Aug 20, 1945 Maidstone Invitational
Maidstone Lawn Tennis Club
East Hampton, New York, U. S.
Grass Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–8, 4–6
Lost 1946 Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles Tennis Club
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Pauline Betz 2–6, 2–6
Lost 1950 Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles Tennis Club
Los Angeles, U. S.
Hard Helen Pastall Perez 2–6, 2–6
Lost Jun 22, 1953 Hotel del Coronado Invitational
Coronado, California, U. S.
Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 6–4, 6–8, 1–6
Lost Aug 3, 1953 Balboa Bay Club Invitational,
Newport Beach, California, U. S.
Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 4–6, 5–7
Lost Sep 7, 1953 Santa Monica City Tournament
Santa Monica, California, U. S.
Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 4–6, 4–6
Lost Apr 30, 1956 Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament
Ojai, California, U. S.
Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 5–7, 2–6
Won Aug 26, 1957 Santa Monica City Tournament
Santa Monica, California, U. S.
Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 6–3, 0–6, 6–4
Lost Oct 21, 1957 Balboa Bay Club Invitational
Newport Beach, California, U. S.
Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 4–6, 1–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 - 1954 1955 1956 - 1958 1959 Career SR
Australian National Championships A A W A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A A A 1 / 1
French International Championships A A A A NH R R R R A SF A A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon Championships A A 4R A NH NH NH NH NH NH SF A A A A A A 0 / 2
U. S. National Championships QF SF SF QF QF QF A SF SF QF 1R A 2R A 3R A 1R 0 / 13
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 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 17

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

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matt Schudel (November 30, 2014). "Dorothy 'Dodo' Cheney, who won more than 300 tennis championships, dies at 98". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b "Dodo Cheney, tennis champion, dies at 98". The New York Times. November 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Danny Putnam profile". www.gostanford.com. Stanford Baseball.
  4. ^ The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York City: New Chapter Press. 2008. pp. 695, 702. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
  5. ^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H. O. Zimman, Inc. p. 260.
  6. ^ Joel Drucker (May 16, 2013). "The Durable & Dominant Dodo". Tennis Channel. Retrieved August 29, 2014.

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