Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1994; inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1988, Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley was ranked in the top 10 for nine years and climbed to the top of the rankings for two weeks in 1976. She won four consecutive Australian championships between 1974 and 1977 and finished her career with 13 majors.

A player renowned for her grace and speed around the court, Goolagong Cawley started playing as a young girl by hitting a ball against a wall with an apple crate board.

Goolagong Cawley came close to completing a career Grand Slam, the US Open was the only major to elude her. She lost four consecutive finals there between 1973 and 1976. She did, however, win Wimbledon as a mother in 1980, becoming only the second woman in history to do so.