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Quotes on Evonne

Was Evonne as footloose and fancy-free as she seemed to be?

Published August 24, 2010 12:00

Quotes on Evonne
Evonne Goolagong Cawley

"My success seems to depend on the skill of my opponent, and I like it when she makes me run because it keeps my interest up. For me the most fun is catching up with and hitting a ball that looks impossible to reach. If there's not enough prodding from my opponent, if she's not challenging, the Goolagong fog descends and I vanish in a haze of inattention."
- Evonne Goolagong Cawley in her 1970s memoir Evonne! On the Move

"Evonne is one of a kind. She rolls through life as easily as she sweats around a tennis court. She doesn't allow unimportant things that can bother you or me to get anywhere near her. She's quite capable of getting upset. But somehow it's kept in the right place."
- Roger Cawley, Evonne's husband

"I feel a good relationship with Evonne. I play hard as anything against Evonne, but I don't really enjoy beating her that much, and I don't mind losing to her. Not like I mind losing to Billie Jean or Margaret. I really savor victories over them. But with Evonne it's just comfortable. Oh, we try very hard to beat each other, but it doesn't carry over, somehow. It's a very nice rivalry."
- Chris Evert, quoted in Evonne! On the Move

"She took her victories in stride, and rarely felt bitter after a defeat. When she lost to me in the long, hard US Open final in 1974, Evonne said the match would be tougher to get over than most. 'It may take me until tomorrow to forget about it,' she said, in all earnestness. I could only shake my head. My worst losses haunted me for weeks."

- Billie Jean King, writing in We Have Come A Long Way

"Evonne was my absolute idol growing up. Her serve and volley, one handed backhand and athleticism were things I aspired to when I was trying to learn how to play tennis. Evonne was winning Grand Slams at an age when I was just starting to really get interested in competitive tennis. She was an inspiration, and her grace is always something I admired and still do to this day. She is an Australian icon."
- Australian multiple Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs

"I remember sitting at home, when I was very, very young, watching Evonne on TV late at night at Wimbledon, in her beautiful Fila outfits on the Centre Court. The way that she used to play with that continental forehand grip… she was very elegant and moved effortlessly around the court. I haven't had a lot to do with Evonne - she was involved with the Fed Cup just briefly - but I know her as a very softly spoken and lovely lady, and I know she's doing great things for the indigenous young aboriginal children in Australia in this different phase of her life."
- Former Australian No.1 and 1988 French Open semifinalist Nicole Bradtke

 


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