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Part 9

If she held it might go on for ever. All afternoon she had been killing me with that cute decpetive drop shot, halting a big swing abruptly to deliver a wristy flick. She tried it a last time. I had it picked and sprinted ahead as she caressed the ball. It was barely over the net, but I was there to transform it into an even meeker drop shot that lurched above the net and expired on her side. She nodded almost imperceptibly. Nobody had treated her drop shot that way. Few ever reached it.

She served and we slapped the ball back and forth. It came to my forehand and - I don't know how or why - I made up a shot. At least I had never hit the shot before: a forehand crosscourt chop that sat down almost as soon as it touched the turf. She was waiting with her forehand, but the ball curled back away from her, bouncing a few inches. Again she had no play. Love-30. I was playing out of my mind, and all the pressure was on her. In sliced again to her backhand and she knocked it into the net.

Match points. Lots of them.

One more slice to the backhand. Not a very good one. She was there in time to blast a backhand crosscourt. I glided to my left and cut one last angle with a backhand volley. She didn't bother to go after it. She, better than anyone, knew it was no use.


Chrissie cried a little in the dressing room, but she didn't lose her sense of humour. When a reporter told her that I'd followed Mr. edwards game plan, she remarked. 'Oh, well I made my own plab and you see where that got me'.

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Catching Up With . . . Evonne Goolagong, tennis champion

by Jeff Pearlman
Posted: Tue May 19, 1998



Evonne Goolagong spent two decades away from home, which isn't so bad when you're winning a couple of Wimbledons, four Australian Opens and a French Open along the way. But seven years ago, when she returned to Australia for her mother's funeral, she experienced an epiphany on seeing the rituals of her Aborigine people. "I realized that I had spent too much time away," says Goolagong, 46, who had left home at 13 to pursue her dream of a career in tennis. "I wanted to know who my parents were, who I was."

So after winning 52 titles in 13 years on the pro tour and living for eight more years in the U.S. with her husband, Roger Cawley, daughter, Kelly, 21, and son, Morgan, 17, she and the rest of the family moved to Noosa, Queensland, in 1991. "My life became very emotional," says Goolagong, whose '93 autobiography, Home! The Evonne Goolagong Story, was an Australian best-seller. "I never knew what it really meant to be an Aborigine. Then two Aborigine elders invited me to participate in a ceremony, one where you looked deep into yourself. It was the first time I had felt truly home."

Well, other than when she was playing on grass or clay. Long-armed and graceful, with laser reflexes, Goolagong competed when Billie Jean King was still near the top of her game, Chris Evert was coming into her prime and Martina Navratilova was beginning to evolve into the greatest female player. At no other time had there been so much strength at the top of women's tennis. Goolagong came out of nowhere to win the 1971 French Open at 19 and then shocked the world again a month later when she routed her idol, fellow Australian Margaret Court, 6-4, 6-1, to win Wimbledon. She spent the rest of the decade trying to replicate that glory, but despite a good deal of success and a rivalry with Evert that illuminated the sport, she never did.

Then in 1980 she made another splash, upsetting Tracy Austin in the semifinal and Evert in the final to win her second Wimbledon. "When I was 19, I didn't appreciate it," she says. "But in '80, I had a child and nobody expected much. That was amazingly sweet."

Goolagong retired three years later. She spends most of her time establishing tennis development programs and as an advocate for issues involving Aborigines, and she still competes in three or four events a year on the Virginia Slims Legends Tour. "Playing now is great fun, because the pressure isn't there," Goolagong says. "You win, it's nice. You lose, and there are other things to worry about. That puts the game in its place.
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Great article! Thanks Zummi. Evonne looks wonderful in that photo as well. Is she still living in Oz? Has anybody read Home!The Evonne Goolagong Story??
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Home is a very good book. Gives you a picture of the "real" Evonne, unlike her previous autobiography with Bud Collins, which is also a wonderfully written book but as Rollo once said, you felt it was Bud talking to you not Evonne. "Home" is quite a big book, lots of photos and Evonne goes into a lot of details about her Aboriginal roots. A must for her fans.
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I'll second Zummi on Home. It's heartfelt and seemed like the"real" Evonne to me. She sure has aged gracefully-but I'd expect nothing less
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Hi guys

Yes, I loved "Home" as well. Very touching. And yes Mark, Evonne is still living here in Oz. She lives in Noosa (Queensland). She is still active in tennis, promoting tennis for juniors and the underpriveliged (spell?). She is also the current Fed Cup captain and attends most of the big tournaments here. She still looks sweet too, as Rollo said.. "aged gracefully". Yes, an angel in human form....

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Was Evonne EVER angry on a tennis court? I've never heard of it.
And it was no put-on or fake act to be polite. I read once that she was consistently the favorite of ballkids as she always said "thank you". A kid hit her once with a poor ball toss and she just smiled.... whereas with Wade or King it would have been "off with his head!"

Perfectly put Tennisvideos-she's an angel
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Hi Rollo

I have some matches of Evonne where on occasion she slaps a ball (that she was holding) into the net when she was dissapointed with a shot. It was all done rather politely, but Evonne must have been disgusted with herself to do that. Still, it's very tame stuff compared to what anyone else would have done in the circumstances! On the whole though, Evonne marched gaily through her matches. Often smiling and sauntering about rather casually. I am sure this happy go lucky attitude held her back somewhat. But still, we were lucky to be blessed with someone with her traits and personality, rather than another great champion with a killer attitude! She's certainly a diamond in the rough.

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Evonne & Martina at the Federation Cup morning tea the other day...





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Thanks Zummi! Evonne looks to be having a blast. I think Martina is still jealous of her...just kidding!

Nice to see pics of the two of them together. I want that racket cover!!
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Cawley: Molik inspires revival
By BRUCE MATTHEWS
January 18, 2003

EVEN in her absence, injured Alicia Molik has played a key role in the Australian women's most successful home championship of the past decade.

Fed Cup coach Evonne Cawley said yesterday Molik's maiden WTA singles title in Hobart last week had spurred Nicole Pratt, Evie Dominikovic and Samantha Stosur to reach the third round at Melbourne Park.

"I always had Margaret Court to push me. She was the one that spurred me on, being a great champion, and I always had some great matches against her," Cawley said.

"It's always good to have someone like Alicia come through. It only takes one to inspire the rest. I'm sure they are looking at it and saying 'If she can do it, I can do it'.

"I also think the programs Tennis Australia have put in place are working. It's an exciting time for me to come on the scene."

Pratt said Cawley's presence and encouragement at tournaments was welcome after many years of feeling neglected.

"From the day she walked in, she believed in us enough to take the job," Pratt said.

"Which was to say 'I believe in you girls, you can do something with this Fed Cup team'. She said we needed to make it a team, help each other out.

"She doesn't have that huge involvement day to day. But to know there's someone sitting there who cares about you as a person and a player and has been there and done that, it gives you a certain amount of confidence."


Cawley said she was surprised by the lack of recognition for women's tennis in the country.

"That's really part of my job, to try to get recognition back to women's tennis, in particular Fed Cup. It's sad in some ways that during my travels around Australia, there are a lot of people who don't know what Fed Cup is," she said.

"And I'm damned if I'm going to tell them it's like Davis Cup except for women. But I don't know any other way to explain it. I try to explain it to the young girls as having the honour of playing for your country like I did nine times which is Fed Cup."

Cawley said age should not stop Pratt from building on her Australian Open success.

"If she can keep herself very fit. She's one of the hardest workers I know, she loves it. Look at Martina (Navratilova), she's still playing good doubles."

Looks like Evonne's involvement has been a huge plus to the Australian players. Way to go, Evonne!
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She's giving a bit of profile to a team that's often laughed at compared to the Oz mens Davis Cup. Tho at least the girls haven't fallen into zonal playoffs like the men!

It would have to be inspiring to the girls to have Evonne in the chair. She has shown in the last couple of ties that she's prepared to make tough decisions... which is what I thought she may lack.

So if they could get a win against Spain in the Fed Cup in Spain that would be great.

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Home is a very good book. Gives you a picture of the "real" Evonne, unlike her previous autobiography with Bud Collins, which is also a wonderfully written book but as Rollo once said, you felt it was Bud talking to you not Evonne. "Home" is quite a big book, lots of photos and Evonne goes into a lot of details about her Aboriginal roots. A must for her fans.
Just finished reading Home and I loved it. It cleared up alot of stuff about her tennis career as well as her journey in re-discovering her Aboriginal heritage.

As Zummi and Mark have said...... the first auto was mainly Bud. Which Evonne often referrs to in Home. She basically implies that it's a book by Bud and Vic Edwards even tho it was written from her perspective not in the 3rd person.

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Evonne has always been one of my favorites, too. Her matches were so hard to watch because you never knew what would happen next; she could produce sublime tennis one minute then lose it completely the next. I remember that horrible moment in the semi at Wimbledon vs Martina when she squealed in pain at 43 in the third set and the nervous breakdown I had during her roller coaster semi vs Austin in 1980. She was one of the few in the seventies who had the game to beat Evert on clay; it's too bad they didn't play the French together from 73 onwards.
BTW, does anyone have a record of all her titles? Some publications say 68, others 88. I even saw 92 somewhere once.
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Can anyone add to this list of Evonne's titles (or fill in any of the missing info) ? There are 77 on this list.


69 Sydney AUS, Sydney Manly Seaside Championships
700331 Southport UK, En-Tout-Cas Southport, def. Barclay-Williams 62 63
700418 Hampstead UK, Cumberland Tnt, def. J. Cooper 62 97
700711 Newport UK, Welsh Open def. Hogan 60 86
700718 Hoylake UK, Rothmans Nth of Eng. def. Melville-Reid 26 62 61 700725 Leicester UK, Midland Open def. Hogan 62 62
7008 Munich GER, Bavarian Open def. Krantzcke 62 61
7010 Sydney AUS, Australian HC, def. Schallau-Guerrant
7011 Brisbane AUS, Queensland Open def. Kemmer
710103 Christchuurch NZL, NZ Open (BP) def. Stove 61 64

710131 Melbourne AUS, Victorian Open def. Smith-Court 76 76
710501 Sutton UK, Sutton HC def. Barclay-Williams 75 26 63
710508 Guildford UK, Surrey HC, def. J. Cooper 64 63
710612 Paris FRA FRENCH OPEN, def. Gourlay 63 75
710702 Wimbledon UK, WIMBLEDON def. Smith-Court 64 61
710724 Leicester UK, Midland Open def. Hogan 62 64
710828 Hilversum NTH, Dutch Open def. Sandberg 86 63
711016 Edinburgh UK, Dewar Cup Edinburgh, def. Durr 60 64
711113 Torquay UK, Dewar Cup Torquay, def. Durr 61 60
7111 Brisbane AUS, Queensland Open ?

720109 Sydney AUS, NSW Open, def. Wade 61 76
720123 Adelaide AUS, South Australian Open def. Morozova 76 63 720206 Perth AUS, Western Australian Open def. Morozova 62 75 720408 Johannesburg RSA South African Open def. Wade 46 63 60 720513 Bournemouth UK British HC def. Niessen-Masthoff 60 64 720520 Guildford UK, Surrey HC def. Barclay-Williams 75 62
720715 Dublin IRL, Irish Open def. Walkden-Pretorius 26 61 62
720722 Hoylake UK, Rothmans Nth of Eng., Goolagong/Stove div. 720820 Toronto CDA, Canadian Open, def. Wade 63 61
721126 Melbourne AUS, Australian HC, def. Coleman 67 62 62
721202 Brisbane AUS, Queensland Open, def. Coles 60 75
721216 Adelaide AUS, South Australian Open, def. Harris 61 62
7301 Auckland NZL, Auckland B&H Open def. Pryde-Lawrance
730318 Boston MA, US Indoors , def. Wade 64 64
730519 Lee on Solent UK, Mercedes Benz Tnt def. Walkden 63 62 730610 Rome ITA, Italian Open, def. Evert 76 (4) 60
730722 Kitzbuhel AUT, Austrian Open Goolagong/Morozova div'd.
730723 Bratislava CZE, Czechoslovak Int. def. Tomanova
730812 Cincinnati OH, Western Open def. Evert 62 75
730826 Toronto CDA, Canadian Open def. Niessen 76 64
730916 Charlotte NC, 4 Roses Classic def. Biriukova 62 60
7310 Hilton Head SC,Hilton Head Invitational ???
731117 Tokyo JPN, Japan Open def. Niessen 63 64
731200 Perth AUS, Western Australian Open def. Harris
740101 Melbourne AUS; AUSTRALIAN OPEN Evert 76 46 60
7401 Auckland NZL, Auckland B&H Open def. Kiyomura
740929 Denver CO, Denver Majestic Tournament def. Evert 75 36 64 741019 Los Angeles CA, VS Series Championships def. Evert 63 64 741130 Brisbane AUS, Queensland Open def. Sieler-Doerner 61 62
741222 Sydney AUS, NSW Open def. Smith-Court 63 75
750101 Melbourne AUS, AUSTRALIAN OPEN def. Navratilova 63 62 750111 Auckland NZL, Auckland B&H Open def. Mottram 62 75
750222 Detroit MI, Detroit VS, def. Smith-Court 63 36 63
751221 Sydney AUS, NSW Open, def. Barker 62 64
760104 Melbourne AUS, AUSTRALIAN OPEN def. Tomanova 62 62
760131 Chicago IL, Chicago VS, def. Wade 36 63 62
760208 Akron OH, Akron Indoors VS def. Wade 62 36 62
760321 Dallas TX, Dallas VS def. Navratilova 61 61
760328 Boston MA, Boston VS def. Wade 62 60
760403 Philadelphia PA, Philadelphia VS, def. Evert 63 76 (5-3)
760417 Los Angeles CA, VS Series Champs def. Evert 63 57 63
761015 Hilton Head SC, World Invitational def. Wade 63 64
771120 Sydney AUS, Sydney Colgate def. Melville 61 63
771127 Melbourne AUS, Melbourne Toyota Classic def. Turnbull 64 61 771217 Sydney AUS, NSW Open def. Barker 62 63
771224 Melbourne AUS AUSTRALIAN OPEN def. Gourlay 63 60
780115 Hollywood FL, Florida VS, def. Turnbull 62 63
780312 Dallas TX, Dallas VS def. Austin 46 60 62
780319 Boston MA, Boston VS def. Evert 46 61 64
780528 Surbiton UK, Surrey GC, def Shaw-Wooldridge 61 61
780611 Beckenham UK, Kent Championships def. Dupont 64 62
780618 Chichester UK, Chichester International, def. Teeguarden 64 64 790609 Beckenham UK, Kent Championships, def. Shriver 63 62
790617 Chichester UK, Chichester International def. Barker 61 64
791007 Minneapolis MN, US Indoors, def. Fromholtz 63 64
791028 Clearwater FL, Florida Federal Open, def. Wade 60 63
800704 Wimbledon UK, WIMBLEDON, defEvert 61 76 (4)
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