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Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley

  • Age70
  • 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
“"Playing for my country has always been a great thrill."”

— Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley, 1 Oct 2019

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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

Social round-up: Aussies enjoying Roland Garros
Priscilla Hon at Roland Garros. Picture: Twitter
19 May, 2022

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date ...
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Iconic Australian moments recognised by International Tennis Hall of Fame
Evonne Goolagong Cawley presents Ash Barty with her Australian Open 2022 title. Picture: Getty Images
27 April, 2022

Australian fans are being encouraged to vote in an International Tennis Hall of Fame campaign celebrating Iconic Moments in Tennis.
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Ash Barty: The ultimate ending and a happy new beginning
Ash Barty reflects o her retirement from professional tennis; Getty Images
25 March, 2022

Departing the pro tour on the ultimate high note as world No.1 and reigning Wimbledon and AO champion, Ash Barty begins a happy new chapter with more plans in tennis.
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Ash Barty, thank you for all you’ve done for tennis
2022 Australian Open: Day 9
24 March, 2022

As thanks and support flow for retiring world No.1 Ash Barty, the much-loved Australian champion also reflects on her tremendous appreciation for the sport.
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