Where Are they Now? Evonne Goolagong

Click to follow
The Independent Online
THE graceful Evonne Goolagong Cawley first won the Wimbledon title in 1971, defeating her Australian compatriot, Margaret Court. In winning the championship a second time, in 1980, with a victory against Chris Evert, she became the first mother to receive the trophy since Dorothea Lambert Chambers in 1914 and matched Bill Tilden in having the longest gap between singles titles, nine years.

A runner-up at Wimbledon on three occasions, Goolagong Cawley's record on her retirement from the Tour in 1983 included the French Open title in 1971 and four consecutive triumphs at the Australian Open. She was denied a United States Open singles title in four consecutive finals.

She married Roger Cawley in 1975 and two years later they purchased 70 acres on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and built a 20-court tennis centre. Their daughter, Kelly Inala, was born in 1977, and their son, Morgan Kiema, was born in 1981. The family moved to Florida in 1986 and to Queensland, Australia, in 1992.

The death of her mother, Melinda, last year prompted Evonne, the third eldest of eight children from New South Wales, to re-examine her part-Aboriginal background. The result is a book, due to be published soon.

(Photograph omitted)

Comments