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Wimbledon is commemorating some of its more noteworthy anniversaries with special edition videos, narrated by star players. Today we take a look at the remarkable Wimbledon career of Australia’s Evonne Goolagong, and celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her seventh—and final—Grand Slam title.

Tennis Express

1980 was the year that Goolagong became the first mother to win Wimbledon in 66 years. No mothers have taken the Wimbledon title since, and only four mothers have won Wimbledon since the Ladies Singles draw was introduced in 1884.

In total, only three mothers have won major titles in the Open Era—Margaret Court, Goolagong and Kim Clijsters.

Ash Barty starts the read off on a high note, saying “They say she came from perhaps the humblest origins in Grand Slam history. It’s hard to argue. Her mom fashioned her tennis dress from bed sheets and her first tennis racquet was made from a wood fruit box.”

At the end, Bardy closes the six-minute film poignantly, saying “Evonne Goolagong achieved her tennis dream long before I was born, but her legacy is an inspiration to me both on and off the court. … “I cherish our shared heritage and I’m humbled to walk in her footsteps.”

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