Inducted in the Australian Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dalton, nee Tegart, reached a career-high singles ranking of No.7 in 1968, the same year she reached the Wimbledon final. She was an accomplished doubles player, winning eight women’s doubles Grand Slam titles throughout her career and finishing runner-up on 10 occasions. Dalton was also a member of Australia’s winning Fed Cup teams in 1965 and 1970. She finished her career with an 18-4 win-loss record in the competition.
Her greatest legacy to women’s tennis was her part in the Original 9. Dalton was one of nine female players led by Billie Jean King who broke away from the tennis establishment to form their own tour in protest of the inequality on prize money and support in comparison to their male counterparts. This paved the way for the formation of the WTA.
In retirement, Dalton remained active in promoting women in tennis as president of the Australian Fed Cup Foundation.