What is the net worth of Evonne Goolagong Cawley?
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is a former professional tennis player from Australia. Evonne Goolagong Cawley has a net worth of $ 1 million. Among the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 80s, in addition to three Fed Cup competitions, she won numerous singles and doubles titles, including 14 Grand Slam tournament titles. After her retirement, Goolagong worked as a touring professional, played in invitational competitions for seniors and held various leadership positions in sports.
Early life and education
Evonne Goolagong was born in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia in 1951 to an Aboriginal Wiradjuri family. Her mother Melinda was a housewife while her father Ken was a nomadic sheep shearer. She is the third of eight children. As a child, Goolagong grew up in the small country town of Barellan, where she learned to play tennis. She later moved to Sydney at the suggestion of tennis school owner Vic Edwards to attend Willoughby Girls High School. Goolagong lived with the family of Edwards, who became their legal guardian, manager and trainer.
Career in the 1970s
Goolagong has been successful on the pitch from the start of her professional career. In 1971, at the age of 19, she won the singles and Australian Open doubles championships at the French Open and the singles championship at Wimbledon. Goolagong continued her Grand Slam successes over the next five years. In 1972 she reached the finals of all Grand Slam events except the US Open, and in 1973 she was a finalist or semi-finalist in all four Grand Slam events. From 1974 to 1976 she was a finalist at the US Open and quarter-finalist or better at Wimbledon every year. In addition, Goolagong won the Australian Open every year from 1974 to 1977.
Goolagong had one of her best career years in 1976 and won seven titles, including the WTA championships at the end of the season. It also rose to be # 1 in the world. However, Goolagong realized she was pregnant during the US Open that year, which resulted in her leaving the regular tour. In 1977 she returned with enthusiasm and won ten tournaments. The next year, Goolagong beat both Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova at the Virginia Slims of Boston to win the title. During Wimbledon 1978, a serious ankle injury forced her to miss the remainder of the season. Goolagong returned to competitive sports in 1979, triumphed in four tournaments and finished the year in fourth place in the world rankings. Overall, Goolagong closed the decade with a record of 17 Grand Slam individual finals.
Last years of play
Despite suffering injury and illness in early 1980, Goolagong returned to win Wimbledon, her final Grand Slam victory. She remains the only female champion in Wimbledon history to beat four top ten players and only the second mother to win the title. The following years were spotty for Goolagong; she was absent for most of the 1981 season and experienced a number of tournament losses in 1982. In 1983 she did not reach the quarterfinals in any event and played her last Grand Slam individual match at the French Open and lost to Chris Evert. Her last Grand Slam appearance was in a double event at Wimbledon, where she was defeated in the first round.
After seven championships in the course of her career, Goolagong is 12th on the women’s list of all-time Grand Slam winners in singles. She won a total of 86 individual titles.
Career after playing
After retiring from competitive gaming, Goolagong continued her professional advertising deals by appearing in commercials for brands like KFC, Sears, and Geritol. She began playing in senior invitational competitions in 1990 and returned to Wimbledon for the first women’s invitational doubles. From 1995 to 1997, Goolagong was a board member of the Australian Sports Commission and since 1997 sports ambassador for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In addition, Goolagong runs a development camp for indigenous children, which encourages them to stay in school through competitive tennis.
In 1975 Goolagong married former British junior tennis player Roger Cawley. From the time they married, Cawley became their trainer, manager and hitting partner, replacing Vic Edwards, who molested Goolagong when he was their legal guardian. Goolagong’s father was killed in a car accident in 1974, not long after Edwards refused to give Goolagong money to buy a new family vehicle.
After their marriage, Goolagong and Cawley settled in Naples, Florida. They have two children, daughter Kelly and son Morgan, the latter of whom was a player in the National Soccer League. Goolagong is also the great-aunt of Latrell Mitchell, a National Rugby League player. In the early 1990s, inspired by meeting indigenous Australian relatives, the Cawleys bought a house in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Among her many honors, Goolagong was named Australian of the Year in 1971. The next year she was made a member of the Order of the British Empire. In 1982 she became Officer of the Order of Australia and in 1985 she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. In 1988 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 2016, Goolagong received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia for her many contributions to the community. Two years later, she received the International Tennis Federation’s Philippe Chatrier Award, the organization’s highest honor.