World No.1 Ashleigh Barty joined Evonne Goolagong Cawley for a surprise visit to Cairns, Queensland as a part of the ANZ Tennis workshop. “This has been the most magical day, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend time within the community.
To see all of these happy faces, particularly the young kids and how much they enjoy it, that’s what brings a smile to my face,” Ash Barty said. “Getting to do things like this; an Indigenous tennis trip with Evonne Goolagong Cawley, how incredible is that? It’s been a special opportunity to bring so many people together and to talk through my tennis and my heritage.
Being able to give back is so important to me, these are the trips I love the most," the World No.1 further added. Evonne Goolagong Cawley added, “I felt so proud when the kids were so surprised to see Ash, it put a big smile on both of our faces.
I just know how much they would’ve appreciated this moment, some of them were completed stunned and didn’t know what to say, but as soon as Ash started talking to them, they felt relaxed because Ash helps put people at ease”.
The visit is also a part of Tennis Australia’s initiative to continuously improving the Indigenous tennis lane by increasing awareness, access to tennis and increasing engagement with Indigenous tennis communities across the country.