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WE LOVE EVONNE!-A Tribute to Evonne Goolagong

Here are a few biographies that I found on the web, each one has different information so I listed all of them.  I hope they are interesting and informative.

Here's one biography-
Goolagong, Evonne (Mrs. Cawley)
b. July 31, 1951, Griffith, Australia
One of eight children of part aborigine background, Goolagong played cricket, rugby, and soccer with boys as a child and began playing tennis informally when she was eight years old. Coach Vince Edwards recognized her potential when she was thirteen and took her into his Sydney home to polish her game.
Goolagong playing internationally in 1970. A year later, she won the French and Wimbledon singles titles and she also won the hearts of British fans by going on a shopping spree in King's Road, London, to celebrate her Wimbledon victory.
Named the female athlete of the year by the Associated Press in 1971, Goolagong won the Italian Open in 1973 and was the Virginia Slims circuit champion in 1974 and 1976. She won the Australian Open four times in five years, from 1974 through 1976 and in 1978. Although she never won the U. S. Open, she reached the finals there four years in a row, 1973 through 1976.
Goolagong married English businessman Roger Cawley and had a daughter in 1977. She returned to competition in 1979, when she became the fifth woman to surpass $1 million in winnings. The following year, Goolagong won her second Wimbledon singles championship, matching Bill Tilden for the longest expanse of time between titles.
After giving birth to a son in 1981, Goolagong made a brief comeback attempt in 1982 before retiring. She is third on the all-time list with 88 tournament victories.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is one of Australia's most successful Tennis players. Evonne was born in July 31st, 1951, Griffith, N.S.W. She grew up in a wheat town called Barellan. Her father Kenny was a shearer and her mother Linda worked at home looking after Evonne and her seven brothers and sisters. They were the only aboriginal family in the town. Their house was a tin shack with dirt floors, but Evonne says they were the happiest days of her life. They loved little games and swimming in the irrigation canal. Evonne won most of the games. The Goolagongs were the only aborigines at their local school. At the age of 11 she was given the chance to go to Sydney to train seriously to become a champion tennis player. She grabbed that opportunity and never looked back. Before she was 13, Evonne had won more than 80 singles and doubles age titles. When she was 14, she moved to Sydney and lived with her coach (Vick Edwards) and his family became her guardians. She went to school at Willoughby High where she enjoyed numerous sporting opportunities. In 1970 Evonne left to go on her first overseas tour to Britain. At 19, she met the man she would marry, Roger Cawley. When she came back to Australia she was elected to play for Australia in the 1970 Federation Cup. In 1971 she won the French Open in the same year she won Wimbledon she was now No.1 in the world. In 1972 she was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire title, she was also Australian of the Year. The money she earned meant she could help her family. She was now wealthy and famous, touring nine months of the year. Her nicknames were "super mum", "La Belle Evonne" and "Sunshine Super Girl".  In 1974, her father was killed in a car accident - she didn't go home for the funeral. 
At 22, she came close to a break down - the pressure of playing 40 weeks of  tennis was too much.  In 1978 injuries interfered with her tennis.  In 1980, she again won Wimbledon. In 1981, she gave birth to a son Morgan. In 1983 she retired from competition tennis because of constant injuries. 1988 she was inducted into the international Tennis Hall Of Fame in the U.S.A. After her mother's death in 1991 the Cawley's moved to Noosa heads in Queens land. She set about rediscovering her aboriginal roots and teaching her children about their culture. In 1993 she published her auto biography "Home!"  Today Evonne is a consultant to the Indigenous Sports Program, helping to raise money for sporting equipment for aboriginal communities.

Grand Slam Record
Australian Open: Singles-1974-77
Singles finalists-1971-73
Doubles-1971, 1974-76, 1977
French Open: Singles-1971
Singles Finalists-1972
Wimbledon: Singles-1971, 1980
Singles Finalists-1972, 1975-76
Doubles Finalists-1971
Mixed Finalists-1972
U.S. Open: Singles Finalists-1973-76
Tournament Record
Italian: Singles-1973
Doubles Finalists-1979
Federation Cup: 1971-76, 1982
 When Evonne was five she loved Tennis. The Goolagongs were all good at sport. Her first racquet was made from a wooden fruit box. She loved hitting the ball in to the wall with any thing she could get her hands on. After a while she got good Tennis skills. The local people supported and when she was ten she decided that she was going to Wimbledon and win. Evonne worked very hard with her coach Vic Edwards and started to win many local competitions. When Evonne was eighteen Vic Edwards decided it was time to go to Wimbledon.
She first played doubles with Trisha Edwards. She married Roger Cawley in 1974 and she retired in 1981 when her son Morgan was born. 
At her first Wimbledon, she lost in the second round. The very next year, she put the Tennis world into a SPIN! Being the first Aboriginal Australian to win Wimbledon. Evonne had a very successful Tennis career winning four Australian opens and one French open. She won 92 professional tournaments. In 1965 Evonne married English Tennis player, Roger Cawley. Vic Edwards didn't like the idea, so he and Evonne ended their partnership But it didn't stop Evonne!

Here's a second biography, this one is on the occasion of her Doctorate from a University-
Evonne Fay Goolagong-Cawley
Citation for the Conferral of a Doctor of the University (honoris causa) Charles Sturt University

The name Evonne Goolagong-Cawley is well known in the history of Australian sport and the sport of tennis throughout the world. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, is a Wiradjuri Aborigine. At the end on the 1960s this young athlete emerged from the small dusty township of Barellan, New South Wales to become one of the great tennis players of the modern era.
Evonne was the first female Aboriginal Australian to achieve prominence in a sporting endeavour and came into the sporting limelight at a time when there was a growing mood of reconciliation amongst many white Australians.
In her long and glorious tennis career she won well over a million dollars. She won 90 professional tournaments and was a finalist in 18 Grand Slam events. A five-time Wimbledon finalist, Evonne faced some of the greatest women tennis players in history such as Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, proving to be their equal in every respect. She won Wimbledon twice, the Australian Open four times and the French Open once. Although she never won the US Open, she was runner up four years in succession.
She was the third of eight children born to Kenneth and Linda Goolagong, the only Aboriginal family residing in Barellan. As a young child Evonne spent whole days playing with tennis balls, and even at the tender age of five earned pocket money by retrieving tennis balls at the local tennis club. She received her first tennis racquet at the age of six and quickly began devoting every spare hour to the sport.
Evonne learned basic tennis skills from members of Barellan's War Memorial Tennis Club. When she was ten years old, she began working with Vic Edwards, perhaps Australia's best-known tennis coach at that time. Vic was most impressed with Evonne's sporting talent and desire and exerted a very powerful influence on her tennis and personal life. Evonne's achievements were not without personal difficulties, however. Evonne was taken away from her family to train in Sydney and to lead a life alienated from family with little opportunity to learn about her Aboriginal heritage.
After winning many important Australian amateur championships, Evonne embarked on her first international tour in 1970 winning seven of the 21 tournaments she entered. In 1971 Evonne turned professional and lost no time in establishing herself on the world tennis circuit. That year she won the French Open and stunned the favoured Australian Margaret Smith-Court with a Wimbledon finals victory.
Throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s Evonne remained among the top players in professional tennis. She reached the Wimbledon finals three more times in the 1970s. No one could touch her in the Australian Open in the mid-1970s, however, as she won every year from 1974 to 1977. She also won the Australian Doubles crown in 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1976. Evonne was the main stay of Australia's Federation Cup team that won the Cup in 1971, 1973 and 1974, and reached the final in 1975 and 1976.
In 1972 in the New Year's Honour List, Evonne was awarded an MBE for her services to tennis. This honour was presented by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. On Australia Day during the same year, Evonne was named Australian of the Year.
In 1975 Evonne married Roger Cawley. Her coach did not like the idea and ended their partnership. This did not stop Evonne from playing tennis and she wanted to win Wimbledon again. By 1980 many tennis observers were writing Evonne off as a 'has-been', but she surprised them all by going on to win Wimbledon that year in a memorable final where she defeated Chris Evert. Evonne's 1980 Wimbledon victory was doubly impressive since she was the first mother to win a Wimbledon singles final since 1914. Although she wanted to keep playing, injuries made it more and more difficult. In 1983 Evonne retired from professional tennis. In 1988 she was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Off the tennis court, Evonne has been a successful businesswoman, a tireless worker for charity and a devoted wife and mother. A rediscovery of her own extended Wiradjuri family, was the catalyst for the Cawleys to leave their American base in Florida and return to Australia to live. In recent years she has become increasingly involved in Australian Aboriginal affairs working tirelessly in developing a better understanding and awareness of Aboriginal people; bringing both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together; and changing attitudes and perceptions.
In 1997 Evonne was appointed by the Minister for Sport and Local Government, the Honourable Warwick Smith MP as a sporting ambassador for the Australian Sports Commission with the role of encouraging Aboriginal children to become more actively involved in sporting activities. This role has brought three main responsibilities since: firstly, to work with national sporting organisation to provide the sport input into the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation's evaluation of the status of reconciliation in Australia; secondly; to use her obvious role model appeal by visiting communities, addressing school groups and meeting with ATSIC Regional Councils; thirdly, to head up the Evonne Goolagong Sports Trust to obtain corporate and community donations for Aboriginal sport. The trust was established through the Australian Sports Foundation.
In 1993 Evonne published her autobiography entitled, Home, that documents her tennis life, traces her family history and portrays Aboriginal experiences. As the title of the book suggests, Evonne's recent voyage has been a return to her Aboriginality she knew so little about in her youth and her competitive sporting heyday, as well as a physical return to Australia.
It is with immense pleasure that Charles Sturt University recognises the contribution of Evonne Goolagong-Cawley to Australian and international tennis and to the Australian community and confers on her the award Doctor of the University (honoris causa).

Here's a third biography-
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is one of Australia's most successful tennis players.
She won Wimbledon twice and was a top ranked player for more than ten years.
 Evonne Goolagong was born in 1951. Her parents, Linda and Kenny, lived in the Riverina District of New South Wales. Kenny was a shearer and Linda worked at home looking after Evonne and her seven brothers and sisters.
 Some of Evonne's best memories are of visiting the family relatives.
 "The houses were sort of like tin shacks with dirt floors, but to me they were probably the happiest times...going to visit with all my Aboriginal relations, and playing all these wonderful games...grounders and swimming in the irrigation canal."
The Goolagong kids played a wide range of sports. Evonne was good at most of them. She was a real tomboy, and used to beat the boys at all sorts of games.
 By the time she was five Evonne was obsessed with tennis balls. She loved hitting them up against a wall, with anything that came to hand.
 "I used to play this little game with the wall and myself and that was to see how many times I could hit the ball against the wall on one bounce and then write it down."
 All the practice gave Evonne good tennis skills. The local people supported her.
 They let her join the tennis club, even though the rules said Evonne was too young.
 By the time she was ten, Evonne had decided she was going to win Wimbledon.
 "I read this story about this lady who came along to see this young girl play tennis and saw that she had a lot of talent and started to help out and trained with her very hard and then took her to Wimbledon where she eventually won."
 Evonne trained very hard with her coach, Vic Edwards and started to win many local competitions.
When she was 18 Vic Edwards decided Evonne was ready for Wimbledon. She lost in the second round. But the very next year, Evonne Goolagong put the tennis world in a spin. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to win Wimbledon.
 "I figured, well, I've got nothing to lose out there, so I just went for everything and was feeling great and having a wonderful time, it was just exciting."
 Wimbledon 1971 was the start of a very successful tennis career and Evonne went on to win the Australian Open four times and the French Open once. She won 92 professional tournaments.
 Evonne was a favourite with tennis fans all over the world. They were interested in what she was like off the tennis court.
 "When I'm home the radio's on full blast. I collect tapes for my cassette recorder. I like disco dancing, I like clothes, and shopping."
 In 1975, Evonne married an English tennis player Roger Cawley. Her coach Vic Edwards, didn't like the idea, so he and Evonne ended their partnership.
 But it didn't stop Evonne playing tennis. She always wanted to win Wimbledon again. In 1980, she had another chance.
 "Winning in '80, particularly after having a child, there was more of a challenge there for me. I guess I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it again and to prove to others that this could be done."
Although she wanted to keep playing, injuries made it more and more difficult. In 1983, Evonne retired from professional tennis.
 When Evonne's mother, Linda, died in 1991, Evonne realised she didn't know much about her Aboriginal history. Since then, she's discovered a great deal about her past and has written a book about her life.
 "I didn't have a history before when I did my first book and found out about my family. I want something else to pass down to my kids so that they have a history there to pass down to theirs. To me, it's probably the best thing that's ever happened to me."