Pat Cash – Australian Tennis Legend, Broadcaster and After-Dinner Speaker.
Pat Cash was born in Melbourne in May 1965. A hard-fighting serve and volleyer, he turned pro in 1982 and reached his highest ranking of world number four in 1988.
Pat was a popular winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1987, famously climbing through the seats on Centre Court to embrace his family after beating Ivan Lendl in straight sets.
Earlier that year, he lost a tough five-setter to Stefan Edberg in the final of the Australian Open.
In 1984, he became the youngest player to compete in The Davis Cup Final, helping Australia to defeat Sweden 3-2
Unfortunately, persistent serious injuries eventually brought his career to an end at the highest level.
He coached British player Greg Rusedski until 2000 for a brief spell and has also coached fellow Aussie Mark Philipoussis.
Pat Cash was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame at the 2003 Australian Open and in doing so became the youngest ever inductee.
Pat Cash commentates for the BBC on tennis at Wimbledon, Stella Artois Championships and The Davis Cup. His analytical approach and credibility as a past winner ensure that he remains a key member of the BBC’s high calibre team.