Judy Tegart-Dalton

Judy Tegart Dalton AM (née Tegart; born 12 December 1937) is a retired professional tennis player from Australia who won nine Grand Slam doubles titles. She won at least one women's doubles title at each Grand Slam tournament, a "career Grand Slam". Five of her doubles titles were with Margaret Court. Tegart was the runner-up in 10 Grand Slam doubles tournaments.

Judy Tegart-Dalton
AM
Full nameJudith Anne Marshall Tegart Dalton
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1937-12-12) 12 December 1937 (age 82)
Melbourne, Australia
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1968)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1968)
French Open4R (1966, 1967, 1972)
WimbledonF (1968)
US OpenQF (1968, 1971)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1964, 1967, 1969, 1970)
French OpenW (1966)
WimbledonW (1969)
US OpenW (1970, 1971)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1966)
WimbledonF (1965, 1969)
US OpenF (1963, 1964, 1965, 1970)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1965, 1970)

CareerEdit

Tegart reached the final at Wimbledon in 1968, where she lost to Billie Jean King in two tight sets after defeating second-seeded Court in the quarterfinal and third-seeded Nancy Richey in the semifinal. She also reached the singles semifinals at Wimbledon in 1971 at the age of 33, losing to Court in three sets, and at the Australian Championships in 1968, losing to King in three sets. Her last appearance at a Grand Slam tournament was the 1977 Australian Open, where at the age of 40 she lost in the quarterfinals in straight sets to top-seeded and eventual champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Tegart won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the 1969 German Open Championships in Hamburg. In the singles final, she defeated Helga Niessen in straight sets.[1]

Tegart was unusual in that she did not reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament outside of Australia until she was 29 years of age. From Wimbledon in 1967 until the end of her career, she reached at least the quarterfinals in half of the Grand Slam singles tournaments she played (10 out of 20).

Tegart was a member of the Australian Federation Cup team in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, and 1970. Her career won-loss record was 18–4, including 6–1 in singles and 12–3 in doubles. Australia won the Federation Cup in 1965 and 1970.

Tegart was one of the original "Virginia Slims 9", the nine players who in 1971 joined the break-away Virginia Slims tour organised by Gladys Heldman. She married Dr. David Dalton on 18 November 1969.[2]

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours for "significant service to tennis as a player, to equality for women in sport, and to sporting foundations".[3]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 final (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1968 Wimbledon Grass   Billie Jean King 7–9, 5–7

Women's doubles: 11 finals (8 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1964 Australian Championships Grass   Lesley Turner   Robyn Ebbern
  Margaret Smith
6–4, 6–4
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay   Margaret Smith   Jill Blackman
  Fay Toyne
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1966 Wimbledon Grass   Margaret Smith   Maria Bueno
  Nancy Richey
3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 1967 Australian Championships (2) Grass   Lesley Turner   Lorraine Robinson
  Évelyne Terras
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 1968 Australian Championships Grass   Lesley Turner   Karen Krantzcke
  Kerry Melville
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 1969 Australian Open (3) Grass   Margaret Court   Rosemary Casals
  Billie Jean King
6–4, 6–4
Winner 1969 Wimbledon Grass   Margaret Court   Patti Hogan
  Peggy Michel
9–7, 6–2
Winner 1970 Australian Open (4) Grass   Margaret Court   Karen Krantzcke
  Kerry Melville
6–1, 6–3
Winner 1970 US Open Grass   Margaret Court   Rosemary Casals
  Virginia Wade
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1971 US Open (2) Grass   Rosemary Casals   Gail Chanfreau
  Françoise Dürr
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1972 Wimbledon Grass   Françoise Dürr   Billie Jean King
  Betty Stöve
2–6, 6–4, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 8 finals (1 title, 7 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1963 U.S. Championships Grass   Ed Rubinoff   Margaret Smith
  Ken Fletcher
6–3, 6–8, 2–6
Runner-up 1964 U.S. Championships Grass   Ed Rubinoff   Margaret Smith
  John Newcombe
6–10, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 1965 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Tony Roche   Margaret Smith
  Ken Fletcher
10–12, 3–6
Runner-up 1965 U.S. Championships Grass   Frank Froehling   Margaret Smith
  Fred Stolle
2–6, 2–6
Winner 1966 Australian Championships Grass   Tony Roche   Robyn Ebbern
  William Bowrey
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1967 Australian Championships Grass   Tony Roche   Lesley Turner
  Owen Davidson
7–9, 4–6
Runner-up 1969 Wimbledon Grass   Tony Roche   Ann Haydon
  Fred Stolle
2–6, 3–6
Runner-u 1970 US Open Grass   Frew McMillan   Margaret Court
  Marty Riessen
4–6, 4–6

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 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 Career SR
Australia 1R 1R 1R A 3R QF 2R QF QF QF QF SF 1R QF A A A QF A 1R 1R QF 0 / 17
France A A A A A 3R 2R 4R A 4R 4R A A 2R A 4R A A A A A 0 / 7
Wimbledon A A A A A 4R 3R 4R 3R 4R QF F QF 4R SF 3R A A 2R A A 0 / 12
United States A A A A A 2R 4R 4R 3R 3R 4R QF A 3R QF A A A A A A 0 / 9
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 45

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December. Dalton participated in both editions.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1970). BP year book of World Tennis 1970. London: Clipper P. pp. 89–91. ISBN 0851080049. OCLC 502255545. OL 21635829M.
  2. ^ Grasso, John (2011). Historical Dictionary of Tennis. Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-8108-7237-0.
  3. ^ "Judith Anne Dalton". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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