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Park statue honours late Kinver tennis ace Dorothy Round
12:39pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A STATUE honouring Kinver’s late great tennis star Dorothy Round has been unveiled at a Dudley park.
The Wimbledon winner's daughter Tricia Swindell officially unveiled the life-sized memorial, sited near the tennis courts in Priory Park, at a ceremony on September 20.
The £33,000 bronze memorial to the 1930s sporting legend forms part of a package of improvements in the park funded by a £2.6m award from Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme.
Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley’s cabinet member for environment and culture said: "Dorothy Round is an inspiration to the people of Dudley.
“She is a key part of the borough’s sporting history and we are delighted her daughter Tricia Swindell was here to mark this significant moment.
"People of all ages are being trained and encouraged on these very tennis courts and with the statue of Dorothy looking on we hope we will one-day produce another tennis great here in Dudley."
Tennis ace Dorothy, who attended Dudley Girls High School, won Wimbledon in 1934 and 1937.
She was also the first woman from overseas to win the Australian Open tennis championships in 1935.
During her sporting career, she also won numerous doubles titles.
And her love of the game continued well into her retirement which saw her return to Dudley Girls High School to coach school teams.
She moved to Kinver in her later years and died in 1982.
The original sketch for the figurative statue of Dorothy was designed by Steve Field after a public consultation; it was then modelled in clay and later cast in bronze by John McKenna.
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