Evonne Goolagong Cawley

  • Age72
  • 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
“I can’t quite believe it’s been 50 years since I first won the women’s title there. I have so many great memories playing at the Australian Open, where I could always rely on having the support of the home crowd.”

— Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 16 Nov 2023

» Goolagong Cawley to be honoured on 50th anniversary of first AO title

Singles champion

Australian Open: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 (December)
Roland Garros: 1971
Wimbledon: 1971, 1980

Doubles champion

Australian Open: 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 (December)
Wimbledon: 1974

Mixed doubles champion

Roland Garros: 1972

Fed Cup representation

1970, 1972-76, 1982
Captain 2002-2004


Evonne Goolagong Cawley ranked in the top 10 for nine years and climbed to world No.1 for two weeks 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

Goolagong Cawley to be honoured on 50th anniversary of first AO title
Evonne Goolagong Cawley was the Australian Open 1974 champion.
16 November, 2023

Australian legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her first Australian Open singles title this summer.
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Goolagong Cawley crowns 2023 National Indigenous Tennis Carnival champions
Jayden Kemp with Evonne Goolagong Cawley after winning the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Medal of Excellence at the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival. Picture: Tennis Australia
14 August, 2023

Evonne Goolagong Cawley, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, was the guest of honour at this year's National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin.
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Evonne Goolagong Cawley opens 2023 National Indigenous Tennis Carnival
Evonne Goolagong Cawley poses with children at the Darwin International Tennis Centre for the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival on Thursday, August 10, 2023. (Tennis Australia/ SCOTT BARBOUR)
10 August, 2023

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion and Wiradjuri woman Evonne Goolagong Cawley has opened the fourth edition of the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival (NITC) in Darwin…
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Celebrity Match with Brooke Blurton
Celebrity Match with Brooke Blurton. Picture: Tennis Australia
14 June, 2023

Proud First Nations woman and reality television star Brooke Blurton reflects on Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ash Barty's impact in our Celebrity Match series.
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