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Discussion Starter #41 (Edited)
1962 (age 45-46)

USTA National Championships won (1):
40 and over: Hard court singles.

Week of April 23
Ojai Valley Invitational, Ojai, California


QF: d. Billie Jean King (score unknown)
SF: lost to Carole Caldwell Graebner 5-7, 6-2, 7-5

Week of May 7
Southern California Championships, Los Angeles


SF: lost to Karen Hantze Susman 6-1, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Carole Caldwell Graebner):
F: lost to Billie Jean King / Karen Hantze Susman 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Week of September ??
Pacific Southwest Championships, Los Angeles Tennis Club, Los Angeles


3R: lost to Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff (score unknown)
 

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Discussion Starter #42 (Edited)
1963 (age 46-47)

USTA National Championships won (2):
40 and over: Hard court singles.
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

Week of April 22
Ojai Valley Invitational, Ojai, California
Hard

1R: d. Molly Danielson 6-0, 10-8
QF: Martha Gowans advanced by walkover

Week of July 1
La Jolla Invitational, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, California

Hard

F: d. Kathy Chabot Willette 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

Week of August 12
Beverly Hills Open, Beverly Hills, California


QF: d. Jean Inez 6-1, 6-4
SF: lost to Martha Gowans 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Joseph Molerich (?))

F: d. ______ McDowell / Helen ______ 6-3, 7-5

Week of August 26
Santa Monica Championships, Santa Monica, California

Hard

SF: d. Patti Hogan Fordyce 6-2, 6-4
F: lost to Mimi Arnold Wheeler 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Week of September 16
Pacific Southwest Championships, Los Angeles

Hard

1R: d. Karen Haase 6-1, 6-0
2R: lost to Regina Myrell 5-7, 6-1, retired

Week of October 21
Balboa Bay Club Invitational, Newport Beach, California


SF: d. Diane Wootton 6-2, 8-6
F: d. Kathleen Harter Marcus Shubin 6-3, 6-3

Week of December 2
U.S. Hard Court Championships, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, California

Hard

?R: lost to Darlene Hard 8-6, 6-0
 

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Discussion Starter #43 (Edited)
1964 (age 47-48)

USTA National Championships won (3):
40 and over: Grass court singles.
40 and over: Hard court singles.
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

Week of February 3
Palm Desert Invitational, Palm Springs, California


F: lost to Karen Hantze Susman 7-5, 6-4

Week of April 20
Ojai Valley Invitational, Ojai, California


Women's doubles (with Carole Caldwell Graebner):
F: d. Kathy Blake Thornbrough / Kathleen Harter Marcus Shubin 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Week of July 6
La Jolla Invitational, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, California


F: d. Patti Hogan Fordyce 7-5, 6-1

Week of August 23

U.S. National Doubles Championship, Longwood Cricket Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
Grass
Played with Helen McDowell and were [unseeded]

1R: bye
2R: d. Maria Guzman / ______ Owen 6-2, 7-5
3R: lost to Carole Caldwell Graebner / Nancy Richey 6-1, 6-1

Week of August 31
Santa Monica Championships, Santa Monica, California


F: lost to Mimi Arnold Wheeler 6-1, 6-2
 

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Discussion Starter #45 (Edited)
1966 (age 49-50)

USTA National Championships won (1):
40 and over: Hard court singles.

Week of April 25
Ojai Valley Invitational, Ojai, California


1R: d. Paulette Verzin 6-2, 6-1
QF: lost to Rosemary Casals 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Week of May 2
Southern California Championships, Los Angeles


2R: d. Mimi Henreid 6-2, 6-1
3R: d. ______ Jones 6-0, 6-1
QF: d. Pam Teeguarden 6-4, 6-1
SF: lost to Billie Jean King 6-0, 6-3

Week of May 16
U.S. Hard Court Championships, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, California

Bundy Cheney was seeded [4]

1R: d. Catherine Apple 6-2, 6-2
QF: lost to Lynne Abbes 6-3, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Nancy Richey):
1R: d. Robyn Berry / Paulette Verzin 6-4, 6-1
SF: d. Pat Cody / Patti Hogan Fordyce 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
F: lost to Billie Jean King / Rosemary Casals 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

Week of August 22

U.S. National Doubles Championship, Longwood Cricket Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
Grass
Played with Helen McDowell and were [unseeded]

1R: lost to Susan Behlmar / Nancy Reed 6-2, 6-1

Week of August 29
U.S. National Championship, West Side Tennis Club, New York City

Grass

Mixed doubles (with Robert Galloway):
1R: bye
2R: lost to William Talbert / Nell Hall Hopman 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Week of September 19
Pacific Southwest Championships, Los Angeles


1R: d. Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 6-4, 7-5
2R: Kristy Pigeon Crawford advanced by walkover

Women's doubles (with Helen McDowell):
2R: lost to Vicki Berner / Carole Loop 6-3, 6-3

Week of October 3
Balboa Bay Club Invitational, Newport Beach, California


SF: d. Pat Conger 6-2, 7-5
F: d. Mimi Henreid 6-4, 6-1

Week of November 28
Southwest Championships, Tempe, Arizona


QF: d. Linda Yee 6-1, 6-0
SF: d. Gwen Bussa 6-2, 6-2
F: d. Sally Perry 6-0, 9-7

Women's doubles (with ______ Fri):
SF: d. ______ Heinicke / ______ Becker 6-2, 6-2
F: d. Sheila Wilson / ______ Clayron 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
 

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Discussion Starter #46 (Edited)
1967 (age 50-51)

USTA National Championships won (2):
40 and over: Grass court singles.
40 and over: Hard court singles.

Week of August 22

U.S. National Doubles Championship, Longwood Cricket Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
Grass
Played with Helen McDowell and were [unseeded]

1R: lost to Lynn Abbes / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-2, 6-1

Week of September 18
Pacific Southwest Championships, Los Angeles, California


3R: d. Karen Krantzcke [4] 6-2, 6-2
QF: lost to Kristi Pigeon Crawford 6-2, 4-6, 6-0

At age 51, Dorothy Bundy Cheney shocked fourth-seeded Karen Krantzcke in the third round, just 2 weeks after the latter had reached the third round of the U.S. Championships.
 

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Discussion Starter #47 (Edited)
1968 (age 51-52)

USTA National Championships won (2):
40 and over: Hard court singles.
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

Week of September 16
Pacific Southwest Open, Los Angeles, California


1R: lost to Julie Heldman 6-3, 6-1
 

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Discussion Starter #48 (Edited)
1969 (age 52-53)

USTA National Championships won (3):
40 and over: Hard court singles.
40 and over: Grass court doubles.
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

Week of September 22
Pacific Southwest Open, Los Angeles, California


2R: lost to Ann Haydon Jones 6-0, 6-1
 

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Discussion Starter #50 (Edited)
1971 (age 54-55)

USTA National Championships won (4):
40 and over: Indoor singles.
50 and over: Hard court singles.
Senior mixed doubles: Indoors.
40 (or 45 and over) mixed doubles: Hard court.
 

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Discussion Starter #53 (Edited)
1974 and subsequent years

1974 USTA National Championships won (1):
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

1975 USTA National Championships won (3):
35 and over: Hard court doubles.

40 or 45 and over: Hard court mixed doubles.

50 and over: Hard court singles.

1976 USTA National Championships won (6):
40 and over: Grass court doubles.
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

45 and over: Indoor doubles.

50 and over: Indoor singles.
50 and over: Hard court doubles.

55 and over: Hard court singles.

1977 USTA National Championships won (9):
40 and over: Grass court doubles.
40 and over: Indoor doubles.
40 and over: Hard court doubles.

50 and over: Grass court doubles.
50 and over: Indoor singles. (d. Eleanor Harbula 6-3, 6-3)

55 and over: Indoor singles. (d. Georgia Buechley 6-1, 6-3)
55 and over: Clay court singles.
55 and over: Hard court singles.

60 and over: Clay court singles.

1978 USTA National Championships won (11) (55-and-over singles Gold Slam):
40 or 45 and over: Hard court mixed doubles.

50 and over: Indoor singles. (d. Phyllis Adler 6-1, 6-2)
50 and over: Indoor doubles. (with Adler, d. Arline Barker / Betty Cookson 6-3, 6-1)
50 and over: Clay court doubles.

55 and over: Grass court singles.
55 and over: Indoor singles. (d. Amy Yee 6-1, 7-5)
55 and over: Hard court singles.
55 and over: Clay court singles.
55 and over: Grass court doubles.
55 and over: Clay court doubles.

60 and over: Clay court singles.

1979 USTA National Championships won (13) (60-and-over singles Gold Slam):
50 and over: Indoor doubles.

55 and over: Indoor singles.
55 and over: Clay court singles.
55 and over: Hard court singles.
55 and over: Clay court doubles.
55 and over: Hard court doubles.
55 and over: Grass court doubles.

60 and over: Grass court singles.
60 and over: Indoor singles.
60 and over: Clay court singles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.
60 and over: Grass court doubles.
60 and over: Clay court doubles.

1980 USTA National Championships won (12) (60-and-over singles Gold Slam):
50 and over: Grass court doubles.
50 and over: Indoor doubles.

55 and over: Hard court singles.
55 and over: Grass court doubles.
55 and over: Clay court doubles.

60 and over: Grass court singles.
60 and over: Indoor singles.
60 and over: Clay court singles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.
60 and over: Grass court doubles.
60 and over: Indoor doubles.
60 and over: Clay court doubles.

1981 USTA National Championships won (12) (60-and-over singles Gold Slam):
55 and over: Clay court doubles.

60 and over: Grass court singles.
60 and over: Indoor singles.
60 and over: Clay court singles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.
60 and over: Grass court doubles.
60 and over: Indoor doubles.
60 and over: Clay court doubles.

65 and over: Grass court singles.
65 and over: Clay court singles.
65 and over: Hard court singles.
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

1982 USTA National Championships won (13) (60-and-over singles Gold Slam):
50 and over: Indoor doubles.

55 and over: Hard court doubles.

60 and over: Grass court singles.
60 and over: Indoor singles.
60 and over: Clay court singles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.
60 and over: Clay court doubles.
60 and over: Hard court doubles.

65 and over: Grass court singles.
65 and over: Clay court singles.
65 and over: Hard court singles.
65 and over: Grass court doubles.
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

1983 USTA National Championships won (14) (60-and-over singles Gold Slam, 65-and-over singles Gold Slam):
50 and over: Hard court doubles.

55 and over: Indoor doubles.

60 and over: Grass court singles.
60 and over: Indoor singles.
60 and over: Clay court singles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.
60 and over: Grass court doubles.
60 and over: Indoor doubles.
60 and over: Clay court doubles.

65 and over: Grass court singles.
65 and over: Indoor singles.
65 and over: Clay court singles.
65 and over: Hard court singles.
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

1984 USTA National Championships won (13) (65-and-over singles Gold Slam):
55 and over: Indoor singles.
55 and over: Indoor doubles.

60 and over: Indoor singles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.
60 and over: Indoor doubles.
60 and over: Grass court doubles.
60 and over: Hard court doubles.

65 and over: Grass court singles.
65 and over: Indoor singles.
65 and over: Clay court singles.
65 and over: Hard court singles.
65 and over: Indoor doubles.
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

1985 USTA National Championships won (5):
60 and over: Grass court doubles.

65 and over: Grass court doubles.
65 and over: Indoor singles.
65 and over: Hard court singles.
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

1986 USTA National Championships won (14) (70-and-over singles Gold Slam):
60 and over: Grass court doubles.
60 and over: Hard court singles.

65 and over: Hard court singles.
65 and over: Indoor singles.
65 and over: Clay court singles. (d. Eleanor Harbula 6-3, 6-4)
65 and over: Clay court doubles. (with Harbula, d. Betty Donaldson / Liu Shang-Ku Tao 6-1, 6-3)
65 and over: Grass court doubles.
65 and over: Indoor doubles.

70 and over: Grass court singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Indoor singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles.

1987 USTA National Championships won (12) (70-and-over singles Gold Slam):
65 and over: Grass court singles.
65 and over: Clay court singles.
65 and over: Grass court doubles.
65 and over: Indoor doubles.
65 and over: Clay court doubles.

70 and over: Grass court singles.
70 and over: Indoor singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Hard court doubles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles.

1988 USTA National Championships won (9):
65 and over: Grass court doubles.
65 and over: Indoor doubles.
65 and over: Clay court doubles.

70 and over: Grass court singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Hard court doubles.
70 and over: Indoor doubles.

1989 USTA National Championships won (10) (70-and-over singles Gold Slam):
65 and over: Indoor doubles.
65 and over: Clay court doubles.
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

70 and over: Grass court singles. (d. Patricia Henry Yeomans 6-3, 6-3)
70 and over: Indoor singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles.
70 and over: Indoor doubles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.

1990 USTA National Championships won (7) (70-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
65 and over: Hard court doubles.

70 and over: Grass court singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles.
70 and over: Indoor doubles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Hard court doubles.

1991 USTA National Championships won (16) (70-and-over singles Gold Slam, 70-and-over doubles Gold Slam, 75-and-over singles Gold Slam, 75-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
70 and over: Grass court singles. (d. Nellie Kagan 6-2, 2-6, 7-5)
70 and over: Indoor singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Hard court doubles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles. (with Corky Murdoch)
70 and over: Indoor doubles.

75 and over: Grass court singles.
75 and over: Indoor singles. (d. Margaret Gisolo 6-0, 6-0)
75 and over: Clay court singles.
75 and over: Hard court singles.
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles.

1992 USTA National Championships won (16) (70-and-over singles Gold Slam, 70-and-over doubles Gold Slam, 75-and-over singles Gold Slam, 75-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
70 and over: Grass court singles.
70 and over: Indoor singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles.
70 and over: Indoor doubles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Hard court doubles.

75 and over: Grass court singles.
75 and over: Indoor singles.
75 and over: Clay court singles.
75 and over: Hard court singles. (d. Sheila Evans 6-4, 4-6, 6-2)
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles. (with Evans, d. Jean Harris / Liu Shang-Ku Tao 6-1, 6-0)

1993 USTA National Championships won (15) (70-and-over doubles Gold Slam, 75-and-over singles Gold Slam, 75-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
70 and over: Indoor singles.
70 and over: Clay court singles.
70 and over: Hard court singles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.
70 and over: Hard court doubles.
70 and over: Grass court doubles.
70 and over: Indoor doubles.

75 and over: Grass court singles.
75 and over: Indoor singles.
75 and over: Clay court singles.
75 and over: Hard court singles. (d. Sheila Evans 6-2, 6-1)
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles.

1994 USTA National Championships won (10) (75-and-over singles Gold Slam, 75-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
70 and over: Grass court doubles.
70 and over: Clay court doubles.

75 and over: Grass court singles.
75 and over: Indoor singles.
75 and over: Clay court singles.
75 and over: Hard court singles. (d. Pat Stuhler 6-1, 6-3)
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles. (with Stuhler, d. Charlotte Decker / Alice Beckenbach 6-1, 6-1)

1995 USTA National Championships won (9) (75-and-over singles Gold Slam, 75-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
70 and over: Clay court doubles.

75 and over: Grass court singles.
75 and over: Indoor singles.
75 and over: Clay court singles.
75 and over: Hard court singles. (d. Lucy Dettmer 6-0, 6-3)
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles.

1996 USTA National Championships won (11) (75-and-over doubles Gold Slam, 80-and-over singles Gold Slam):
75 and over: Clay court singles.
75 and over: Hard court singles. (d. Eleanor Harbula 6-2, 7-5)
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles. (with Corky Murdock, d. Jean Harris / Lucy Dettmer 6-4, 6-1)

80 and over: Grass court singles.
80 and over: Indoor singles.
80 and over: Clay court singles.
80 and over: Hard court singles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

1997 USTA National Championships won (10) (80-and-over singles Gold Slam):
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles.

80 and over: Grass court singles.
80 and over: Indoor singles.
80 and over: Clay court singles.
80 and over: Hard court singles.
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Clay court doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

1998 USTA National Championships won (10) (75-and-over doubles Gold Slam, 80-and-over singles Gold Slam):
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Indoor doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles.

80 and over: Grass court singles.
80 and over: Indoor singles.
80 and over: Clay court singles.
80 and over: Hard court singles.
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

1999 USTA National Championships won (10) (80-and-over singles Gold Slam):
75 and over: Grass court doubles.
75 and over: Clay court doubles.
75 and over: Hard court doubles.

80 and over: Grass court singles.
80 and over: Indoor singles.
80 and over: Clay court singles.
80 and over: Hard court singles. (d. Marion Reed 6-4, 6-2)
80 and over: Grass court doubles.
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles. (with Jean Harris)


Picture of Dorothy Bundy Cheney in the American magazine Sports Illustrated on 23 June 1999.

2000 USTA National Championships won (4):
80 and over: Clay court singles.
80 and over: Grass court doubles.
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

2001 USTA National Championships won (6):
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

85 and over: Indoor singles.
85 and over: Clay court singles. (defeated or won the title by walkover versus Billie Burr)
85 and over: Indoor doubles.
85 and over: Hard court doubles.


In action at one of the hard court championships in 2001.

2002 USTA National Championships won (11) (80-and-over doubles Gold Slam, 85-and-over singles Gold Slam):
80 and over: Grass court doubles.
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Clay court doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

85 and over: Grass court singles.
85 and over: Indoor singles.
85 and over: Clay court singles.
85 and over: Hard court singles.
85 and over: Indoor doubles.
85 and over: Clay court doubles.
85 and over: Hard court doubles.

2003 USTA National Championships won (10) (85-and-over singles Gold Slam):
80 and over: Grass court doubles.
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Hard court doubles.

85 and over: Grass court singles.
85 and over: Indoor singles.
85 and over: Clay court singles.
85 and over: Hard court singles.
85 and over: Indoor doubles.
85 and over: Clay court doubles.
85 and over: Hard court doubles.

2004 USTA National Championships won (10) (85-and-over singles Gold Slam, 85-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
80 and over: Indoor doubles.
80 and over: Clay court doubles.

85 and over: Grass court singles.
85 and over: Indoor singles.
85 and over: Clay court singles. (d. Lou Cille Scoggins 6-3, 6-0)
85 and over: Hard court singles.
85 and over: Grass court doubles. (with Jean Harris)
85 and over: Indoor doubles. (with Harris)
85 and over: Clay court doubles. (with Harris)
85 and over: Hard court doubles. (with Harris)

2005 USTA National Championships won (7) (85-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
85 and over: Grass court singles.
85 and over: Indoor singles.
85 and over: Hard court singles.
85 and over: Grass court doubles.
85 and over: Indoor doubles.
85 and over: Clay court doubles.
85 and over: Hard court doubles.

2006 USTA National Championships won (8) (85-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
85 and over: Grass court singles.
85 and over: Clay court singles. (d. Lou Cille Scoggins 6-3, 6-0)
85 and over: Grass court doubles.
85 and over: Indoor doubles.
85 and over: Clay court doubles. (with Jean Selvig, won the final by walkover)
85 and over: Hard court doubles.

90 and over: Indoor singles.
90 and over: Hard court singles.


Dorothy Bundy Cheney (left), the champion in the 85-and-over clay court singles championships, along with the runner-up Lou Cille Scoggins

2007 USTA National Championships won (6):
85 and over: Grass court singles.
85 and over: Grass court doubles.
85 and over: Hard court doubles.

90 and over: Indoor singles.
90 and over: Hard court singles.
90 and over: Indoor doubles.


Dorothy Bundy Cheney in 2007.

2008 USTA National Championships won (8) (85-and-over doubles Gold Slam):
85 and over: Hard court singles.
85 and over: Grass court doubles.
85 and over: Indoor doubles.
85 and over: Clay court doubles.
85 and over: Hard court doubles.

90 and over: Indoor singles.
90 and over: Hard court singles.
90 and over: Indoor doubles.

2009 USTA National Championships won (5):
90 and over: Indoor singles.
90 and over: Clay court singles.
90 and over: Hard court singles.
90 and over: Indoor doubles.
90 and over: Hard court doubles.

2010 USTA National Championships won (3):
90 and over: Grass court doubles.
90 and over: Indoor doubles.
90 and over: Hard court doubles.

2011 USTA National Championships won (3):
90 and over: Grass court doubles. (with Mary Mentzer, d. Patricia Henry Yeomans / Judy Stark 6-3, 6-0)
90 and over: Clay court doubles. (with Mentzer, d. Yeomans / Stark 6-3, 6-1)90 and over: Hard court doubles. (with Mentzer, d. Yeomans / Stark 6-0, 6-4)
 

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Cheney looks to pad record for tennis titles
Chicago Sun-Times
Friday, February 13, 1987
Len Ziehm

Dorothy Bundy Cheney is not your ordinary tennis player. She is an example of how love for a sport can affect fitness.

She has played tournament matches against Alice Marble, Maureen Connolly and even Tracy Austin - some of the world's best players over a four-generation span.

Next week she will try to win the U.S. Tennis Association women's 60-and-over indoor
championships in singles and doubles at Mid-Town Tennis Club.

Mid-Town will host USTA indoor national finals in Women's 40s, 50s and 60s beginning Sunday. Billie Jean King and Mid-Town manager Pat Freebody will defend their title in 40 doubles and a big Chicago contingent is entered in all three age groups.

But none can approach the tennis longevity of Cheney, 70, from Santa Monica, Calif.

"The creed of the USTA is to make tennis a lifetime sport, and I'm trying to prove it," she said. "I've played all my life. I just love the game. I love competition and it has kept me in pretty good shape."

The USTA offers older players that opportunity. In addition to the indoor national, there are national tournaments up to the under-70 age group on clay, hard courts and grass for women and under-85 for men.

Cheney was ranked among the nation's top 10 from 1936 to 1946, with the exception of 1942 when she helped the World War II effort by working in an aircraft plant and didn't
compete.

Though King was a top 10 player for a record 18 years, few players can match Cheney's streak and none can match her 165 USTA national titles.

Cheney's father, Thomas Bundy, teamed with Maurice McLaughlin to win the USTA doubles titles from 1912-1914. Her mother won the U.S. Open singles and doubles title in 1904.

"My family was always supportive of my playing and that has helped," Cheney said. "I never felt guilty. And I've been fortunate in that I've had no layoffs for injuries."

Her husband, a polo player and pilot, died in 1982. They had three children and Cheney has eight grandchildren.

"My record in tournaments really started when I was 40," she said. "Before that I had the kids to raise.

"When I was kid and playing the circuit my contemporaries were Doris Hart, Margaret Osborne, Alice Marble, Maureen Connolly and Pauline Betz. They still play, but they don't compete. They've been at the top and don't have anything to prove."

Cheney feels she does, especially after learning that she had set a USTA record with her 60th national title.

"From then on I wanted to win more and make a record that will be difficult to surpass," she said. "I kept playing because of that extra incentive. Now I just want to keep on playing as long as I can waddle around the court."

She hardly waddles. "When I played my best tennis I was quite heavy," she said. "I was over 145 pounds. For the last several years I have ranged between 130-135."

Last year she won 14 USTA national age group titles in singles and doubles. Though she is eligible to play in the 40s and 50s next week, she will participate only in the oldest age group. "That's plenty to keep me busy," she said.

Cheney said she doesn't practice much any more.

"I average at least a couple tournaments a month," she said. "I try not to play too much in between because I like to keep my zest, zeal and enthusiasm to compete. If I practiced every day I would get stale."

Her doubles partner will be Betty Brink, 62, of Mill Valley, Calif. Brink is not entered in singles.
 

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'Dodo' Cheney still swings a mean racket
Evening Tribune
San Diego, CA
Monday, May 14, 1984
Elson Irwin, Tribune Sportswriter

Dorothy Cheney was perspiring heavily when she walked off the court after defeating Eleanor Harbula 6-0, 6-1 in the women's 60 singles of the National Senior Hardcourt Championships at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club yesterday. "If you want to interview me, you'll have to follow me into the showers," she joked, "because I have to get refreshed; I have another match in an hour or so."

Cheney, at 67, has no intentions of slowing down. "I'm going to keep playing this silly game until I no longer can waddle on the court," she said, after winning her 137th national title.

Beating Harbula was no surprise. Harbula, of Sylmar, Calif., is a long-time opponent of Cheney's, but not so much an adversary. They have met eight times in seniors finals and Cheney has won each time. "She's always tough," Cheney said, but it was more out of charity than truth. Cheney dominated the play by keeping Harbula off-balance most of the match. "I feel I am playing at my peak right now," Cheney said, and this is coming from a woman who began the game at age 8 -- 59 years ago.

She is playing more tennis at this stage of her career than at any other time. She plays in every seniors event across the country, coming directly to La Jolla from a Rollins College Invitational, where she managed to win the senior women's title at her old alma mater in Winter Park, Fla.

Cheney, who has won more national amateur titles than any player in history, came back in the afternoon to win her 138th by teaming with Phyliss Adler of Los Angeles to down Betty Brink of Los Angeles and Betty Eisenstein of Washington, D.C., 6-3, 6-2 in the women's 60 doubles.

On Saturday, Cheney had teamed with Brink in the women's 50 doubles and lost to Jane Crofford of Nashville, Tenn., and Helen Lum of Daly City.

She was disappointed at losing to the much younger women, but her philosophy is "there'll be another match tomorrow."

Cheney, known as "Dodo" to friends and foes alike, got as far as the quarterfinals at Wimbledon nearly one-half century ago, a place where her mother, May Sutton, won the singles title in 1905 and 1907. "It would nice if they had senior women's championships at Wimbledon," she said, "maybe someday. The British are slow at making changes. They have senior men's championships now. Maybe before I finally quit, I'll get a chance to win there."

She is looking forward to playing on grass at the U.S. Open Seniors event later this year, but her next tournament is the Senior Hardcourts in Los Angeles next week.

Cheney is a throwback to when tennis was more of a glamour sport than a money sport. "We had no idea that tennis would become the merchandising sport it is today when we were playing back in the '20s and '30s," she said. "We did it because it was fun and because we loved it. It's true, there are so many more fine players today than when I was in my prime, but they don't seem to be enjoying themselves as much."

Cheney deplores the deportment of some of the younger players today. "We could not have got away with displays of temper such as we see today," she said. "A much tougher attitude on the part of the officials is needed, that's for sure."

Cheney's body still appears to be as hard as a rock, and she doesn't sit back at the baseline and "moonball" her shots. She is an aggressive player who runs down everything, but she also attacks the net. "I did a lot more of that in my match with Harbula," she said. "I felt strong and I was making excellent shots. I guess the reason women didn't play that way (attacking the net) in the early days of tennis is because they had to wear more clothing and it just wasn't considered ladylike."

Cheney, a grand old lady off the court but a demon once she is there, plays every match as if it's going to be her last. "Everyone is always asking me when I'm going to quit," she said, "but there is no reason ever to quit as long as the old bones will let you bend down to hit the ball."

In the other feature match of the national championships, Julie Hayward of Newport Beach defeated Jane Crofford of Nashville, Tenn., 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 in the women's 50 singles.

Hayward also teamed with Georgia Turner to defeat Crofford and Lum in the women's 50 doubles 6-4, 7-6.
 
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