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Dorothy Edith Round Little was a World No. 1 British female tennis player. She was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England. This statue was commissioned by Dudley MBC for a site in Priory Park, Dudley adjacent to the park Tennis courts.
The statue is named 'The Return of Dorothy Round' and the idea and arrangement of pose was conceived by Steve Field a close artistic associate of ours. Dorothy was famed for her ability to return the tennis ball well and in consultation with her family relatives it was decided that a statue pose depicting this return stance would be created.
John McKenna modelled the claywork and cast the statue in his A4a art foundry studio in Ayrshire.
Far right: John installing the statue
This information is taken from the Tennis Hall of Fame website. Webpage http://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/dorothy-round-little
Dorothy Round Little
Born: July 13, 1908 Died: November 12, 1982
Place of Birth: Worcestershire, England
Induction Category:Master Player
Highest Ranking World Singles Ranking: 1
A player of formidable power and experience, Dorothy Round Little developed her game from that of a sports-minded schoolgirl to that of a Wimbledon champion, making that transition almost seamlessly. Although she often refused to play on Sundays, she was nevertheless entirely dedicated to making the most of herself. She made two singles championship runs at Wimbledon and was once the victor at the Australian Championships. An Englishwomen with a large heart and agile mind, she volleyed well and was not afraid to compete under pressure.
Grand Slam Record
• Singles Champion 1935
• Singles Champion 1934, 1937
• Mixed Doubles Champion 1934-36
• Wightman Cup Team Member 1931-36
Above: The Dorothy Round statue bronze fettling work
Below: Dorothy statue bead blasted finish to clean bronze
Above: The Dorothy Round statue being bead blasted at studio
Below: Dorothy statue bead blasted finish prior to patination
Dorothy Round statue being prepared for her unveiling, 20th September 2013.
This statue of a Wimbledon Tennis champion is one of many sporting statues that John McKenna has created and cast at the A4A studio bronze foundry, from original claywork to final onsite installation. John has created statues of Football players, football managers, swimmers, rugby statues and he will be working on a cricketeer soon and this Dorothy Round statue adds tennis players to the list.
Left: John McKenna's claywork on Dorothy Round statue seen here in clay portrait profile after final approval by Dorothy's family before moulding, Centre: Dorothy Round Wimbledon Champion herself, Right: Dorothy statue portrait in bronze beadblasted prior to patination colouring.