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Transcript of Evonne Goolagong
- In 1988 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the following year into the Aboriginal Sporting Hall of Fame
- At Barcelona in 1992 she became one of the first ever international Olympic torch bearers and later at Monte Carlo, was part of the successful Sydney 2000 bid.
- She was a successful femal athlete
- She is a former World Number 1
- She won 14 Grandslam titles
- She also won multiple single, double and mixed competitions
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Evonne Goolagong was born on the 31st of July in 1951 and is a former world number 1 womes tennis player. During the course of the 70's and 80's she won 14 grand slam titles. She is a member of the Wiradjuri people and was born in Griffith in New South Wales. She grew up in the town or Barellan and although Aboriginal people were discriminated against she was able to play tennis here as a local resident encouraged her to play and saw she had lots of potential.
In her tennis career Evonne was ranked the number one player in the world in 1971 and 1976. In total she won 92 pro tournaments, was a finalist in 18 Grand Slam events. At her second Wimbledon triumph in 1980 Evonne became the first mother to win since 1914.