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Has anyone googled Evonne lately? If you look at her HOF page
https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/evonne-goolagong/

It's states this towards the end of the bio:
She also became an extremely successful businesswoman, owning several restaurants (the “Fat Goolagong Burger” chain) in Canberra, a football team (the “Griffith Angels”), her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondergoolagong), a perfume for juniors (With Love from Evonne) and a fashion line called “Evonne Goolagong Seduction.”

If you Google Evonne you find a very strange site that states the exact same thing:
Evonne Goolagong Highest-Paid Tennis player in the World - Mediamass

It's been a rough year for the tennis player, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 65-year-old Evonne Goolagong has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid tennis players for 2017 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

The Australian tennis player has an estimated net worth of $275 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Goolagong Burger” chain) in Canberra, a Football Team (the “Griffith Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondergoolagong - Australia), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Evonne) and a fashion line called “Evonne Goolagong Seduction”.

Obviously this is all très faux, but I was shocked the Hall of Fame fell for it and included portions of it in her online bio.
Is any of that true? I know she had a relationship with Sears for quite sometime, as well as Maidenform Bras, Jimmy Dean Sausage, Geritol, KFC and a few other endorsements- but a burger chain, a vodka, a football team, cover girl and a fashion line called Seduction! Haha!
 

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Maybe some Russian GLBT hackers are big fans of the Gong, because a few days ago there was a "glitch" on Google maps involving a certain tennis stadium.

Apparent Google Maps quirk sees Margaret Court Arena renamed as Evonne Goolagong Arena

The propagators have good taste in that there is just enough basis in reality for their story-line to be believable to the kind of people who believe everything they read on the internet that has just enough basis in reality (i.e., almost everyone).
 

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It's scary isn't it? I googled Evonne at some point over a year ago and the Mediamass site was already online listing her as the top money earner in tennis for 2015, so it was well before the recent Reverend Mags controversy. I hadn't looked at her HOF bio in ages and that is what surprised me. I wonder if they have a clueless intern updating their online bios?

I have to admit I loved the google maps hack renaming Reverend Mags to Evonne Goolagong Arena. I hope it happens. The Reverend sounds like she needs to retire from public life and buy a ranch in Alabama! What a bitter old hate monger.
 

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It's scary isn't it? I googled Evonne at some point over a year ago and the Mediamass site was already online listing her as the top money earner in tennis for 2015, so it was well before the recent Reverend Mags controversy. I hadn't looked at her HOF bio in ages and that is what surprised me. I wonder if they have a clueless intern updating their online bios?
A brief review of Media Mass indicates that it's an Onion type of satire/parody news site. You get the honor of breaking it gently to the HOF. "People With Money List"?!?! Lmao!

I have to admit I loved the google maps hack renaming Reverend Mags to Evonne Goolagong Arena. I hope it happens. The Reverend sounds like she needs to retire from public life and buy a ranch in Alabama! What a bitter old hate monger.
Celebrity Death Match of either MSC vs BJK or MSC vs MN. Maybe a tag team. Where's Bobby Riggs when you need him? We can get one of the ATP players who like to shoot their mouths off about gays and/or women to partner with the Reverend. Be bigger than the first Battle of the Sexes.
 

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Oh that would be hilarious! I'd love be to see the olde battle axes Reverend v. BJK duke it out on Evonne Goolagong Arena.
I think I will contact the HOF. It's a little embarrassing to have such nonsense on their site. I didn't scan any other players HOF bios but I wonder if there are any other ridiculous tidbits to be found?
 

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Oh that would be hilarious! I'd love be to see the olde battle axes Reverend v. BJK duke it out on Evonne Goolagong Arena.
The stakes are for the arena naming rights, and the loser must shave her head and leave town. In BJK's corner are Elton John and Hugo Weaving in his "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" best costume. In MSC's corner are Chuck Norris and Kirk Cameron. Please, someone make a good Photoshop of this!

Since they are both in their 70s track pants and long sleeve shirts are mandatory court attire, and they can have two bounces.

I think I will contact the HOF. It's a little embarrassing to have such nonsense on their site. I didn't scan any other players HOF bios but I wonder if there are any other ridiculous tidbits to be found?
Thus far, it looks like the intern only found Goolagong's Mediamass entry. Here is Mediamass' own professed "mission statement" if you need to convince said intern that the source isn't serious.

http://en.mediamass.net/blog/mediamass-project
 

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I noticed that the nonsensical content about Goolagong is still on her HoF page. So on the one hand we have WTA who decided it was a good idea to remove practically all historical info on players and tournaments from their new website and on the other we have the HoF who put fake content on theirs. Weird.
 

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I noticed that the nonsensical content about Goolagong is still on her HoF page. So on the one hand we have WTA who decided it was a good idea to remove practically all historical info on players and tournaments from their new website and on the other we have the HoF who put fake content on theirs. Weird.
The ITF not fixing a bio is a little weird ... but are we sure they were notified? Of course, the content is probably maintained by a crew of airhead 20-something interns, so who knows when they will get around to correcting it.

The WTA removing all historical information is par for their course. Really. Trying to get information from them about the history of the WTA or women's tennis before the WTA was difficult and frustrating, which is why the BFTP history projects and independent Wikipedia contributors are incredibly important. The official acronyms are not going to do it.
 

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Great. Thank you Rollo. I sent an email in June but never heard back and I wasn't really sure if I sent it to the correct place.
 
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