PLAYER PROFILE

Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley

  • Age69
  • 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

» Fed Cup: 45 years in the making

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

Evonne Goolagong Cawley: Education is key
Evonne Goolagong Cawley stands in front of a mural of her painted by a group of local artists, including David Collins and Indigenous artists Shaun Lee ‘Hafleg’ and Jesse Bell to celebrate and recognise her incredible achievements during the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival at the Darwin International Tennis Centre.
13 November, 2020

As she reflects on the importance of NAIDOC Week, Evonne Goolagong Cawley shares the journey of self-discovery that both provided and inspired education.
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Social round-up: Aussie players finally competing again
BACK ON COURT: World No.116 Christopher O'Connell in action during the UTR Pro Tennis Series in Sydney.
2 July, 2020

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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Evonne Goolagong Cawley: An Australian Fed Cup hero
STAR PLAYER: Evonne Goolagong-Cawley has an impressive Fed Cup record. Picture: Getty Images
7 October, 2019

Evonne Goolagong Cawley loved representing Australia in Fed Cup, helping the nation win three titles during her stellar career.
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Fed Cup: 45 years in the making
Fed Cup 45 years
1 October, 2019

More than four decades since Australia last claimed a Fed Cup title, passion and team spirit are driving the quest for victory over France in the 2019 final.
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