Barty, who is aiming for her first Wimbledon title, beat Russia’s Anna Blinkova, 6-4, 6-3, on Thursday and will face Czech Katerina Siniakova in the third round on Saturday.
Ahead of the tournament, Barty approached his clothing sponsor, Fila, with a suggestion to recreate elements of the outfit Goolagong Cawley wore in his maiden triumph at Wimbledon. Goolagong Cawley’s white dress had buttons all the way down the front and, most notably, a scalloped hem.
“We took that element, we took some beautiful flower stitching on another dress that Evonne loved, and we took inspiration from all of that and designed a few different outfits for Ash,” said Lauren Mallon, senior manager of the Fila tennis marketing. . “We also kept in mind what Ash likes to wear; it’s really important to us as a brand that is comfortable, functional and beautiful for all of our athletes. “
Barty, who prefers not to wear dresses in the field, was given a tank top and skort with similar elements. There have been other updates: While the flowers that appeared on some of Goolagong Cawley’s outfits were embroidered with colorful threads, those on Barty’s dress were laser cut into the fabric.
Barty said in her pre-tournament press conference that she asked for Goolagong Cawley’s blessing before going ahead with the plan; Goolagong Cawley enthusiastically gave it away.