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Helen Gourlay

Helen Gourlay

Member 1987

b. 23 December 1946

Helen's exceptional performances in tennis span more than 13 years in professional and amateur ranks at the international level, winning titles from every major championship in the world. Helen certainly fits into the category as one of the best sportswomen Tasmania has ever produced.

Her extensive list of accomplishments includes being ranked No. 2 Australian Junior in 1965. In the same year Helen also won the Tasmanian Open Singles, the Australian Junior Doubles (partner Kerry Melville), and the Auckland Open and Mixed Doubles.

Competing successfully in Europe in 1969, Helen won the Rumanian Open Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Helen in 1972 became the first Tasmanian to represent Australia in a tennis team, captaining the Australian Federation Cup Team. She was also a member of the Australian Bonne Belle Cup team.

In the same year Helen won the Australian Open Doubles (partner Kerry Harris), the South African Open Doubles (partner Evonne Goolagong), and the British Hardcourt Open Doubles (partner Evonne Goolagong). The second of Helen's Australian Open Doubles (partner Evonne Cawley) came in 1976.

In 1977 Helen won her third Australian Open Doubles (partner Dianne Fromholtz), the Wimbledon Doubles (partner Joanne Russell), the Swiss Open Doubles (partner Rayni Fox) and the Austrian Open Doubles (partner Rayni Fox). 1978 saw Helen successful in her fourth Australian Open Doubles (partner Evonne Cawley) and runner-up in the Australian Open Singles.