The Goolagong Story

The Goolagong Story
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Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) was one of the world's leading women's tennis players in the 1970s and early 1980s. She was competing a time when women's competition was fierce, with players such as Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert.

Goolagong won 14 Grand Slam titles including two singles titles at Wimbledon and one at the French Open. She was runner up in the US Championships on four consecutive occasions but found success six times in doubles competition. Overall she won 82 singles titles.

This excerpt from a longer documentary shows a young Evonne talking about her start in tennis in the small town of Barellan, NSW, and her thoughts about how the media and others referred to her Aboriginality.

1971 was the year she won both the French Open and Wimbledon. Having defeated Billie Jean King in straight sets in the semi-finals she went on to repeat her form to take out the championship against fellow Australian Margaret Court in the final. She is seen here in the footage receiving the trophy from Princess Alexandra.


Film Australia
Production company:
Cinesound Movietone Productions