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

Fine forecast for year’s first Grand Slam
A general view over Melbourne Park during Australian Open 2015; Getty Images
1 December, 2015

With the countdown to the Australian Open officially on, fine weather is set to feature at the year's first Grand Slam event.
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AO Blitz serves up inaugural charity partnership
Evonne Goolagong Cawley (L) helps launch the first ever fundraising partnership between Tennis Australia, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia as part of the AO Blitz in Noosa; Tennis Australia
15 September, 2013

Evonne Goolagong Cawley has today helped launch the first ever fundraising partnership between Tennis Australia, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer…
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Australians presented with Hall of Fame rings
Former Australian players with their International Tennis Hall of Fame rings. FIONA HAMILTON
31 January, 2013

Some of Australia's greatest ever tennis players have been presented with rings by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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Evonne launches tennis initiative in Darwin
Evonne Goolagong Cawley; Getty Images
25 July, 2012

Tennis icon Evonne Goolagong Cawley was in Darwin yesterday to launch the Learn Earn Legend! Tennis Come and Try Days for young Indigenous Australians.
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