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The Walker Series
Judy Murray and Judy Dalton serve up a breakfast conversation at St George's School for Girls about the drive for equality for women and girls.
Tuesday 25 September
08:00 – 10:30
This event is for 6th year students, teachers, parents and the general public.
Judy Dalton (nee Tegart) is considered one of the early pioneers of international women’s tennis. Judy was at the height of her tennis career in the 1960s at a time when the gulf in prize money between men and women was huge, and women players were often relegated to outside courts at tournaments.
Judy was one of a group of nine female players led by Billie Jean King who were disillusioned with the lack of prizemoney and support they received in comparison to male players. These Original Nine, as they became known, bravely broke away from the tennis establishment to form their own tour. This was despite facing threats of being banned from Grand Slam Tournaments and losing their world rankings. In September 1970, they signed symbolic $1 contracts with World Tennis Magazine founder Gladys Heldman to compete on the newly-created Virginia Slims Circuit, which debuted with a tournament in Houston. This paved the way for women’s professional tennis, and later the founding of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in 1973.
The Original Nine’s vision was one in which women and girls could make a living playing competitive sport. Thanks to these sporting pioneers that vision is now a reality for hundreds of women playing on the Tour today.
Judy excelled at doubles and won nine Grand Slam Doubles Titles, eight in women’s doubles and one mixed, earning a career Grand Slam. In singles, her greatest achievement came in 1968, where she was runner-up at Wimbledon to Billie Jean King. Judy also represented Australia in the Fed Cup with and 18-4 record, and was part of the winning Australian teams of 1965 and 1970.
Judy was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of fame in 2013. She is still actively involved in tennis, and has been President of Australia’s Fed Cup Foundation for over thirty years.The Foundation helps to develop younger players, and supports them in achieving their goals. An annual Foundation Cup event for Under 13 country players continues to be a great success in developing young talent, and giving players the experience of what it takes to be a professional tennis player.