• Ash Barty wearing the Trailblazer Collection sportswear. (AAP - FILA)Source: AAP - FILA
The World Number 1 will wear the same style dress as Evonne Goolagong-Cawley did, when she won the title 50 years ago.
26 Jun 2021 - 9:19 AM  UPDATED 26 Jun 2021 - 9:20 AM

Ash Barty will pay a poignant tribute to her idol as Evonne Goolagong Cawley and John Newcombe celebrate 50 years since completing one of Australia's most iconic sporting doubles.

It's been half a century since Goolagong Cawley and Newcombe both hoisted the Wimbledon singles trophies in a feat no Australian pair has managed since.

Fittingly, an inspired Barty will wear the same style dress, specially designed by both players' sponsor FILA, that Goolagong Cawley donned en route to the title at the All England Club in 1971 when she lines up as women's top seed for this year's championships starting on Monday.

The 25-year-old Ngarigo woman is only Australia's second world No.1 since her hero, friend and mentor Goolagong Cawley scaled the summit in 1976.

"It's hard to put into words how much of an impact Evonne has had on the culture of tennis in Australia and on me personally. I don't think there is anyone more iconic in our sport," Barty said.

"I am very proud to wear this commemorative collection from Fila in celebration not only of her momentous victories on the court, but also her incredible legacy off of it."

The tribute has touched the legendary graceful serve-and-volleyer.

"Wow, it just blows my mind," Goolagong Cawley said.

"What a wonderful thing to do, what a wonderful honour. It's truly fantastic."

Then only 19, Goolagong Cawley clubbed defending champion Margaret Court 6-4 6-1 in the final to claim the first of her seven grand slam singles titles.

She returned to capture a second title as a mother in 1980, with Goolagong Cawley and three-time champion Court remaining all these years later the only two Australian women to win Wimbledon.

Barty is a slight favourite over Serena Williams to break the long drought this year.

She will face Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round.


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