View Full Version : Goolagon Cawley to Captain Australia's Fed Cup Team

Dec 13th, 2001, 09:39 AM
From BBC Sport Online:

<br /> Australian tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been appointed captain of the nation's Federation Cup team, Tennis Australia announced on Thursday. <br />Two-time Wimbledon winner Goolagong Cawley succeeds Lesley Bowrey, who ended her eight-year tenure in the post after the team reached the finals this year in Spain.

"Representing my country was always a high for me," Goolagong Cawley said.

"I am therefore both humbled and delighted to be offered the position and will do my best to fill the shoes of my predecessor."

The seven-time Grand Slam-winner faces a testing first challenge when Australia visit Fed Cup-holders Belgium in the opening round in April.

A good appointment? Does she have any credentials going for other than being a tennis great?

Interested to hear what others think.

Brian Stewart
Dec 13th, 2001, 12:47 PM
Congrats to Evonne!

She doesn't have much in the way of coaching credentials. But, she did play a serve/volley style, which requires the most knowledge of the game of any playing style. The key will be how well she can convey knowledge to her players, and how well she can motivate them.

It certainly adds a more high-profile face to the Captain's spot. How well she can do remains to be seen.

Dec 13th, 2001, 03:57 PM
Let's face it........anyone is better than Lesley!

Dec 13th, 2001, 07:23 PM
Here's an article from the TennisAustralia website, which goes into a little more detail:

<a href="http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/ta/talatestnews.nsf/88b4a9da5763f959e92567200012f016/842b69fac1dce229ca256b210011bdb7" target="_blank">http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/ta/talatestnews.nsf/88b4a9da5763f959e92567200012f016/842b69fac1dce229ca256b210011bdb7</A>

Evonne is one of my all-time favorite players. I certainly do wish her well!