Pat Cash

Biography

Birthdate: 05/27/1965
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

With his bold black-and-white checkered headband and a brash crash-and-volley attack Pat Cash served notice on the tennis establishment before he ever played a professional match. He was a brilliant junior player: The top junior in the world in ’81 and junior champion at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in ’82. As a pro, he captured the Wimbledon trophy in 1987 – a straight sets victory that he followed by clambering up the hallowed walls to the players box for an emotional celebration with his family, his girlfriend and his coach. It’s a Wimbledon tradition that numerous champions have shared in the years since.

Career Highlights

-In 1984, Cash made the semifinals at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

-Pat reached the first of two consecutive Australian Open Finals in 1987, falling in a close five-setter to Stefan Edberg (’87) and an even closer five-setter to Mats Wilander (’88).

-Cash achieved a remarkable feat as the youngest player (19) to ever compete in a Davis Cup final and even more remarkably, won the deciding singles point in a 3-2 defeat of Sweden. In ’86 he repeated his heroics, winning the final singles over Sweden.

-In 1987 he captured the Wimbledon crown, beating Wilander in the quarters, Jimmy Connors in the semis and Lendl in the final.

-Cash reached his highest singles ranking (No.4) in 1988 and his highest doubles ranking (No.6) in 1984.

-19 career titles: 7 in singles; 12 in doubles