PLAYER PROFILE

Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley

  • Age67
  • 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

Inspirational Evonne Goolagong Cawley helps to launch National Indigenous Tennis Carnival
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30:  Evonne Goolagong Cawley poses with members of Upai Purri during the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival Launch at Darwin International Tennis Centre on July 30, 2018 in Darwin, Australia.  (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
30 July, 2018

Evonne Goolagong Cawley helped launch the inaugural National Indigenous Tennis Carnival to be held in Darwin from 6-9 September 2018.
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Goolagong Cawley honoured with ITF award in Paris
Evonne Goolagong Cawley at the 2018 Roland Garros Paris; Photo: ITF
7 June, 2018

Evonne Goolagong Cawley is presented with the International Tennis Federation's Philippe Chatrier Award at the World Champions Dinner.
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Ian Goolagong supports Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy
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23 November, 2017

Ian Goolagong and tennis juniors Corey Pollock (Darwin) and Toby Radford (Bairnsdale) from Evonne Goolagong Foundation's National Development Camp travelled to the NT as…
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Gallery: blue carpet glamour at the Newks
Australian Davis Cup captain and former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt with wife Bec; photo credit Fiona Hamilton
28 November, 2016

The 2016 Newcombe Medal kicked off at Crown Palladium in Melbourne with the stars of Australian tennis stepping out for the cameras on the blue carpet.
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