PLAYER PROFILE

Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley

  • Age64
  • Born31 July 1951
  • Birth PlaceGriffith, New South Wales
  • LivesNoosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
  • Height168 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1994
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1988

Singles champion
Australian 1974-76, (December) 1977
French 1971
Wimbledon 1971, 1980

Doubles champion
Australian 1971, 1974-76
Wimbledon 1974

Mixed doubles champion
French 1972

Fed Cup
1970, 1972-76, 1982
Captain 2002-2004

Evonne Goolagong Cawley ranked in the top 10 for nine years and climbed to the top of the rankings for one week in 1976. She won four Australian Open singles between 1974 and 1977, though not in consecutive championships, as she missed the January 1977 Open and won the December 1977 event. The beloved “Gong” finished her career in the mid-1980s with seven Grand Slam singles titles from 18 finals, and 13 major titles in all. Renowned for her grace, ethereal touch and fluid speed around the court, Goolagong Cawley started playing as a young girl by hitting a ball against a wall with a board from an apple crate. The US Open was the only major to elude the adored Aussie; she lost four consecutive finals in New York between 1973 and 1976. She did, however, win Wimbledon as a mother in 1980, only the second woman to do so.

Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley in the news

Where to play tennis over Easter
John Christiansen and Cameron Christansen, step father and step son, in doubles action at the Echuca Lawn Tennis Club annual Easter tournament; Robyn Christiansen
8 March, 2016

Check out our comprehensive guide to all the places in Australia staging tennis tournaments during Easter - enter now for your shot at glory!
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Legends react to postage stamp honour
Australian tennis legends (L-R) Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter, Pat Cash, Ashley Cooper, Fred Stolle, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche and Frank Sedgman pose after being honoured on a postage stamp as recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award; Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
10 February, 2016

The group of 11 Australian tennis legends who received the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award were thrilled with the honour of appearing on their own postage stamp.
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Aussie tennis legends immortalised on stamps
Ken Rosewall. Tennis Australia
10 February, 2016

Eleven Australian tennis legends will appear on their own postage stamp after becoming recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award.
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Stosur joins the Fed Cup greats
Sam Stosur (R) poses with Anna Karolina Schmiedlova ahead of their reverse singles rubber in the Australia v Slovakia Fed Cup World Group II tie in Bratislava; Roman Benicky
8 February, 2016

Sam Stosur's three victories in Fed Cup play against Slovakia have seen her leapfrog tennis legends Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong on the all-time Australian winners…
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