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19 December 2011

60 seconds with: Pat Cash


Photo: Susan MullanePat Cash (AUS)

Pat Cash led Australia to Davis Cup glory in 1983 and 1986, and went on to win the Wimbledon title in 1987, famously climbing into the stands of Centre Court after defeating Ivan Lendl in the final.

Since retirement, Cash has been involved in many projects, such as tennis broadcasting and charity work. He also served as coach to some top former players, including Greg Rusedski and Mark Philippoussis, and he now serves as captain of Australia’s Junior Davis Cup team.

What’s the best moment of your career?
There were a couple… winning Wimbledon in 1987 and Davis Cup in 1983 and 1986.

And the most disappointing moment?
Losing the Australian Open final for the second time as it was my home Slam. I lost to Mats Wilander 8-6 in the fifth set in 1988.

Which moment will you always remember?
There are lots of good and bad moments. Some of the ones I remember the most are when I was injured and how frustrating it was trying to get back to form when you’ve been off for 18 months and you come back playing badly. It was always exciting to play for Australia in Davis Cup. I love playing with Australia on my back and with my teammates.

When you were on the tour, what was the first thing you packed?
My music, although in those days it was all on cassettes!

And the last thing?
My suit jacket so it wouldn’t get creased.

What would you definitely not leave home without?
My rackets.

What is the best Davis Cup atmosphere you’ve played in?
Playing in the Davis Cup Final in both 1983 and 1986 in Melbourne, my home town.

If you hadn’t been a tennis player, what would you have been?
An Aussie Rules footballer.

What do you do away from tennis?
Play my guitar, listen to music and spend time with my kids. I have four kids and I’m also a granddad now too.

Who is the most famous person in your phone book?
Kylie Minogue and the guys from Iron Maiden – they are old friends of mine.

Is there any part of your career that you’d like to change if you could turn the clock back?
There are matches I wish I had won, but everything turned out the way it turned out for a reason. I would have liked to have played the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. I think I had a good shot at winning that, but I was injured unfortunately.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would you want to play you?
Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey.

If you could pick three people from history to have dinner with, who would they be?
Jimi Hendrix, Jesus and the Buddah.

Tell us something about you that we don’t know…
I am a qualified Tarot card reader.

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