“Hard to Put Into Words”: Ashleigh Barty Pays Tribute to the Great Evonne Goolagong With Wimbledon Championships 2021 Outfit

Published 06/29/2021, 8:36 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Australian World No.1 Ashleigh Barty will begin her Wimbledon Championships 2021 campaign against Carla Suarez Navarro. For the same, she will wear a retro outfit that pays tribute to Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

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The Australian legend Cawley won her first Wimbledon title it 50 years ago. Overall, she won 11 Grand Slams, including two Wimbledon titles.

Subsequently, as Barty prepares to try for her first Wimbledon, she hopes that paying tribute to her fellow countrywoman will bring her some good fortune. Moreover, it personally means a lot to the Australian ace to carry forward Cawley’s legacy.

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“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,” Barty said. She even thanked her sponsorer, Fila, for providing her such an opportunity.

“Thank you FILATennis for making this special Wimbledon collection. I hope I can make you proud Evonne,” Barty added.

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Tennis-wise, Barty has not played on the Wimbledon grass in more than two years. Thus, it would be a daunting task to go up against the top-level women’s player in the draw. Not to mention, she withdrew midway from French Open 2021 two weeks ago due to injury.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 27, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty ahead of Wimbledon Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker

Even so, it is fair to say that the Australian has had one of the best tennis seasons so far in 2021. Hence, she would put out her best as she steps out on the court on Day 2.

Besides Barty, who will pay a 50th-anniversary tribute to Goolagong in her own way, even Wimbledon honored the legend. They shared rare footage of the 1971 Wimbledon title journey of the Australian great.

As Barty prepares to give tribute to one veteran of the sport, she faces another in the same match; Wimbledon championships 2021 would be the last run for the Spaniard Carla Suarez. Thus, it would indeed be a blockbuster encounter between the two talented professionals.

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From the start of the 2021 season, the 2019 French Open champion has shown utmost resilience and discipline in her game. Moreover, it is Barty’s consistency throughout the tournaments that paved way for her success.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Conclusively, the 25-year-old is one of the most promising candidates for the Championships title. But more about her injury and her preparations would come to the surface as she kicks off her campaign against Carla.

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Also, with Osaka and Halep out from Wimbledon, she has a great opportunity to go deep into the tournament without any hindrance. Let’s see if the retro look gets her closer to her second Grand Slam title.

Do you think Barty can win the Wimbledon title this year?

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