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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Evonne Goolagong, 1970s

an unknown artist

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 25.4 cm x 20.6 cm, image: 24.7 cm x 19.4 cm)

Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) AC MBE (b. 1951), tennis champion, was born in the Riverina district and grew up in Barellan, NSW. When she was thirteen she left her family to live with tennis coach Vic Edwards and his family in Sydney. By 1971 she had won enough tournaments to turn professional, and that year she became the second-youngest person to win Wimbledon when she defeated Margaret Court in the women's singles. In 1972 she was named Australian of the Year. In 1974, 1975 and 1976 she won every Australian mainland state title and the Australian singles title. After three more Wimbledon finals in the 1970s, in 1980 she came back to win Wimbledon again, defeating Chris Evert and becoming the first mother to win a Wimbledon singles championship since 1914. In late 1999 she was named 'Sportswoman of the Century' by England's Guardian newspaper, because not only was she an 'enchanting fawn' who was never heard to 'grunt' in a tennis match, she 'won with happy grace and naturalness and lost with happy grace and naturalness'. Goolagong-Cawley and her family lived in Florida until 1991, when they moved to Australia and she reestablished her connections with her Wiradjuri people. Since then she has become increasingly involved in Aboriginal affairs, promoting the interests of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sportspeople and young regional female tennis players in particular. In 2000 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Accession number: 2011.79

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) AC MBE (age 19 in 1970)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.