PLAYER PROFILE

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

» 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 celebrated in hitting wall initiative
Evonne Goolagong Cawley launches the new Hitting Wall at Noosa Tennis Club.
30 August, 2021

Evonne Goolagong Cawley has launched an artistic new initiative to showcase hitting walls throughout the country and help drive tennis participation.
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Wimbledon champion Ash Barty: “We’re so very proud”
World No.1 Ash Barty joins esteemed company as a Wimbledon champion; Getty Images
11 July, 2021

Ash Barty’s rise to become a Wimbledon champion is no surprise to delighted predecessor Evonne Goolagong Cawley and her proud parents Robert and Josie.
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Ash Barty: “It would be a dream come true”
World No.1 Ash Barty acknowledges supporters at Wimbledon; Getty Images
10 July, 2021

While making no secret of how much she would cherish victory, world No.1 Ash Barty takes humble perspective into tonight's Wimbledon final.
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Leading the way for Indigenous players
Ash Barty and Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Edmonton Tennis Club, Cairns, in 2019; Getty Images
10 July, 2021

Ash Barty’s tribute to Evonne Goolagong Cawley in a career-best run at Wimbledon, and history she’ll make at the Tokyo Olympics, add special significance to NAIDOC Week. 
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