Ash Barty, a true champion, says Australian tennis legend Goolagong Cawley

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July 18, 2019 19:05:19

Before Ashleigh Barty made headlines as a world leading number, Wiradjuri woman took Evonne Goolagong Cawley out Grand Slam titles and made records in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Key points:

  • The former world number one has launched a tennis carnival in Darwin
  • Evonne Goolagong Cawley has praised her friend Ashleigh Barty and calls her an inspiration
  • National Indigenous Tennis Carnival will be held from August 29 to September 1

The Australian tennis legend was in Darwin today to launch the 2019 National Indigenous Tennis Carnival and had some kind of word for his fellow trailblazing tennis player.

"It's great, it's great to have a role model like her," Cawley said.

"I mean, even the young people who have come through my program … they are actually the trainers now, so they are the role models too. very proud and even the boys look up to her. "

Barty was the first Australian woman to hold number one rank since Cawley in 1976.

"That's what she has it"

Cawley said she had followed Barty's career since the beginning and counted as a friend.

"I saw her when she was about 15 years old and I just looked at her play at one point and I thought it was what she did and she has proven it all the time," she said.

"She is the other native person who actually wins a grand slam, and she has proven all these kids out there, hey, they can also do it if they work hard."

But when it comes to handing out advice after Barty's bow-out in the fourth round of Wimbledon, Cawley kept it relaxed.

"I will tell her to fish or something you know, get away, go fish, drop a line in the water or take a break," she said.

"She is a true master on and off court."

Cawley joined the Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hardcore, Tennis NT CEO Sam Gibson and indigenous program manager Joe Kelly in announcing the second edition of the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival.

Sir. Hrdlicka said the carnival was a great way to bring native players from across the country together.

"" We are proud of the role we play in bringing together indigenous children from all over the country, so that every state and territory in Australia will help the children come to the carnival to participate in the sport, to be part of one communities that are much larger than the position they have in their individual families, to be part of something special, "she said.

"And to celebrate what tennis really brings to everyone, which is a sense of culture, a sense of integration and a diverse sport that is the very best of athletes across the country, regardless of your origin, regardless of your background."

In its first year, the carnival became the nation's largest collection of native tennis players, with more than 200 participants from all participating states and territories.

The four-day celebration takes place from 29 August to 1 September 2019.


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