Evonne Goolagong Cawley – Tennis (QLD)

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About Evonne Goolagong Cawley – Tennis (QLD)

One of Australias all time sporting greats, Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been Australian Sportsman of the Year and Australian of the Year. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Rhode Island and the following year, was inducted into the Aboriginal Sporting Hall of Fame.

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In Evonnes long and glorious career she won 92 professional tournaments including 7 Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon in 1971 & 1980, The Australian Open 1974-1977 inclusive and the French Open in 1971.

She represented Australia in the Federation Cup and although she never won the U.S Open she was runner up four years in succession. At her second Wimbledon triumph in 1980, she became the first mother to hold that title since Dorothy Lambert Chambers in 1914. Evonne has become increasingly involved in Aboriginal issues and a rediscovery of her own extended Wiradjuri clan family prompted the Cawleys to leave their American base in Florida and return to Australia to live.

In 1993, Evonnes autobiography Home! The Evonne Goolagong Story was published and became an immediate best seller. In 1995/6 she was a board member of the Australian Sports Commission then in July 1997, Evonne signed a contract with the Federal government to become a consultant in the area of indigenous sport and the Evonne Goolagong Sports Trust was formed.

In 1998, Tennis Australia appointed Evonne as a special Ambassador and together they formed the Evonne Goolagong Getting Started Programme to increase overall female participation in tennis. In December 1998, the Goolagong Cup was piloted in Ballarat, Victoria. Run by the Federation Cup Foundation this is a Fed Cup style competition based in country areas with each Country Tennis Association sending a team of girls. The Goolagong Cup is now contested in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Since 2000, Evonne has made an increasing commitment to Australian Womens tennis, and was captain of the Australian Fed Cup Team in 2002/03.

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