Pat Cash

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Pat Cash
Pat Cash 2015.jpg
Pat Cash at the 2015 Australian Open
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1965-05-27) 27 May 1965 (age 57)
Melbourne, Australia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Turned pro1982
Retired1997 (singles)
2006 (doubles)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,950,345
Career record238–148
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 4 (9 May 1988)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenF (1987, 1988)
French Open4R (1988)
WimbledonW (1987)
US OpenSF (1984)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1987)
WCT FinalsQF (1988)
Olympic Games1R (1984, demonstration event)
Career record174–110
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 6 (13 August 1984)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1984)
French Open3R (1982)
WimbledonF (1984, 1985)
US OpenSF (1983)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1983, 1986)
Hopman CupF (1989)

Patrick Hart Cash (born 27 May 1965) is an Australian former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 4 in May 1988 and a career-high ATP doubles ranking of world No. 6 in August 1988. Upon winning the 1987 singles title at Wimbledon, Cash climbed into the stands to celebrate, starting a tradition that has continued ever since.

Early life[edit]

Cash is the son of Pat Cash Sr., who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the 1950s.[2][3]


Junior years[edit]

Cash came to the tennis world's attention as a prominent and promising junior player in the early 1980s. He was awarded a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport. He was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world in 1981.

In June 1982, Cash won the junior doubles title at the French Open partnering John Frawley. In July he won the junior singles title at Wimbledon, and while partnering Frawley, he also won the junior doubles title at the same tournament. In September, he won the junior singles title at the US Open, and while partnering Frawley, he was also the runner-up of the junior doubles at the same tournament.

Professional years[edit]

Cash turned professional in late 1982 and won his first top-level singles title that year in Melbourne.

In 1983, Cash became the youngest player to play in a Davis Cup final. He won the decisive singles rubber against Joakim Nyström as Australia defeated Sweden 3–2 to claim the cup.

In 1984, Cash reached the men's singles semifinals at both Wimbledon and the US Open. He lost in three sets in the Wimbledon semifinals to John McEnroe and was defeated in the semifinals at the US Open by Ivan Lendl, who won their match in a fifth-set tiebreaker. This day is regarded as one of the greatest days in US Open history because it featured the three set thriller women's final Chris Evert vs Martina Navratilova and a John McEnroe vs Jimmy Connors five set marathon semifinal – creating the day now known as 'Super Saturday'. Cash finished the year in top 10 for the first time.

Cash was the runner-up in the men's doubles competition at Wimbledon in both 1984 with McNamee and 1985 with Fitzgerald.

In 1986, he helped Australia regain the Davis Cup with a 3–2 victory over Sweden. Cash again won the decisive singles rubber, recovering from two sets down against Mikael Pernfors. Just prior to Wimbledon in 1986, Cash had an emergency appendix operation. He reached the quarterfinals of the competition, and during the championship he started the now common tradition of throwing wristbands and headbands into the crowd.

1987 was a particularly strong year for Cash. He reached five singles finals, of which two were Grand Slam finals. Cash reached his first Grand Slam singles final at the Australian Open, where he lost in five sets to Stefan Edberg. This was the last Australian Open played at Kooyong on a grass court. The crowning moment of Cash's career came in 1987 at Wimbledon. Having already beaten Marcel Freeman, Paul McNamee, Michiel Schapers, Guy Forget, Mats Wilander in the quarterfinals and Jimmy Connors in the semifinals, Cash defeated the world No. 1, Ivan Lendl, in the final in straight sets. Cash sealed the victory by climbing into the stands and up to the player's box at Centre Court, where he celebrated with his family, girlfriend, and coach, Ian Barclay. He thus started a Wimbledon tradition that has been followed by many other champions at Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments since. He only dropped one set during the entire tournament.[4] He finished the year ranked at No. 7.

In 1988, Cash reached the Australian Open final for the second consecutive year and faced another Swede, Mats Wilander. It was the first men's singles final played at the new Melbourne Park venue on hard court, and Wilander won in a four-and-a-half-hour encounter, taking the fifth set 8–6. It was the first Grand Slam final in history to be played indoors after rain delays forced the closing of the roof midway through the match. Cash also reached his career-high ranking of world No. 4 in May.

Coming in as the defending champion in 1988 at Wimbledon, Cash was seeded fourth and only dropped two sets (both during the second round) en route to quarterfinal, but his run came to an end when he lost to sixth seed and eventual runner-up Boris Becker. It was the last time he reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament in singles. 1988 was the last time Cash ended the year in the top 20, finishing the year ranked 20th, after having been ranked inside the top 10 from the start of the year until 21 November.[citation needed]

In April 1989, Cash ruptured his Achilles tendon at the Japan Open and was out of action until early 1990.

Cash played in his third Davis Cup final in 1990. This time, Australia lost 2–3 to the United States.

Cash continued to play on the circuit on-and-off through the mid-1990s. A series of back to back injuries to his Achilles tendon, knees, and back prevented him from recapturing his best form after winning Wimbledon in 1987. He won his last top-level singles title in 1990 in Hong Kong. His last doubles title came in 1996 at Pinehurst with Rafter.

Cash established a reputation on the tour as a hard-fighting serve-and-volleyer and for wearing his trademark black-and-white checked headband and his cross earring. For most of his career, Cash was coached by Melbourne-born tennis coach Ian Barclay.


Cash in 2010

Since his retirement from the tour in 1997, Cash has resided mainly in London. He is the host of CNN's tennis-focused magazine show Open Court,[5] and has also worked as a TV co-commentator, primarily for the BBC. Cash continues to be a draw card on both the ATP and Champions Cup legends tours.[citation needed] He won the Hall of Fame event in Newport Rhode Island in 2008 and 2009. He has coached top players including Greg Rusedski and Mark Philippoussis.

Cash opened a tennis academy on the Gold Coast of Australia and is also opening academies in Ko Samui, Thailand and in the Caribbean St Vincent, St Lucia and Dominican Republic.[when?][citation needed]

Cash was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2005.[6]

Cash won the over-45s Wimbledon doubles title with fellow Australian Mark Woodforde in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In November 2014, he played in the inaugural Champions Tennis League in India.

In 2022, Cash appeared on the third British series of The Masked Singer masked as "Bagpipes". He was fourth to be unmasked.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In his early twenties, Cash had two children with his then-girlfriend, Norwegian model Anne-Britt Kristiansen. They have a son and a daughter. From 1990 through 2002 Cash was married to Brazilian Emily Bendit. They have twin boys. In 2010, Cash became a grandfather at age 44 when his daughter gave birth to a daughter.[8]

Cash was much criticised for stating in an August 2021 interview with The Conservative Woman, broadcast online, that he had been taking Ivermectin for more than 15 months, claiming that "I'm living proof that I have been in the worst areas everywhere around the world and I haven't come close to getting COVID", despite the lack of evidence for the safety or efficacy of the drug for such measures. He also stated: "Do I need to get vaccinated? I don't know. I'll make that decision at a later stage. But right now, no, I don't need to. I'm fit".[9][10][11]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1987 Australian Open Grass Sweden Stefan Edberg 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 3–6
Win 1987 Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–5
Loss 1988 Australian Open Hard Sweden Mats Wilander 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 1–6, 6–8

Doubles (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1984 Wimbledon Grass Australia Paul McNamee United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 1985 Wimbledon Grass Australia John Fitzgerald Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6

ATP Career finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (6 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Grand Slam (1–2)
Year-end championship (0–0)
Grand Prix Super series (0–0)
Grand Prix Champion series (0–0)
Grand Prix Tour (5–3)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Dec 1982 Melbourne Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Rod Frawley 6–4, 7–6
Win 2–0 Oct 1983 Brisbane, Australia Carpet (i) Australia Paul McNamee 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Oct 1984 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet (i) United States Matt Mitchell 4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Loss 2–2 Jan 1987 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Sweden Stefan Edberg 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 3–6
Win 3–2 Mar 1987 Lorraine Open, France Carpet (i) Australia Wally Masur 6–2, 6–3
Win 4–2 Jun 1987 Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–5
Loss 4–3 Oct 1987 Australian Indoor Championships Hard (i) Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 4–6, 2–6, 4–6
Win 5–3 Nov 1987 South African Open Hard (i) United States Brad Gilbert 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 2–6, 6–0, 6–1
Loss 5–4 Jan 1988 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Sweden Mats Wilander 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 1–6, 6–8
Loss 5–5 Apr 1990 Seoul Open, South Korea Hard Austria Alex Antonitsch 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Win 6–5 Apr 1990 Hong Kong Hard Austria Alex Antonitsch 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (12 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–2)
Year-end championship (0–0)
Grand Prix Super series (1–0)
Grand Prix Championship series (0–0)
Grand Prix Tour (11–4)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1983 Brisbane, Australia Carpet Australia Paul McNamee Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
7–6, 7–6
Win 2. 1984 Houston, US Clay Australia Paul McNamee United States David Dowlen
Nigeria Nduka Odizor
7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Win 3. 1984 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay Australia Paul McNamee New Zealand Chris Lewis
Australia Wally Masur
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 4. 1984 London/Queen's Club, UK Grass Australia Paul McNamee South Africa Bernard Mitton
United States Butch Walts
6–4, 6–3
Loss 5. 1984 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia Paul McNamee United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 6. Apr 1996 Bermuda, US Clay Australia Pat Rafter Sweden Jan Apell
South Africa Brent Haygarth
6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Win 7. May 1996 Pinehurst, US Clay Australia Pat Rafter United States Ken Flach
United States David Wheaton
6–2, 6–3

Wins (7)[edit]

  • 1982 – Adelaide
  • 1983 – Sydney Outdoor
  • 1984 – Houston WCT
  • 1985 – Las Vegas
  • 1987 – Montreal
  • 1990 – Sydney Outdoor, Hong Kong

Runner-ups (4)[edit]

  • 1985 – London, Wimbledon
  • 1986 – Hong Kong, Stockholm

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Boys' singles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1981 Wimbledon Jrs. Grass United States Matt Anger 6–7(3–7), 5–7
Win 1982 Wimbledon Jrs. Grass Sweden Henrik Sundström 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Win 1982 US Open Jrs. Hard France Guy Forget 6–3, 6–3

Performance timelines[edit]


(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

Walkovers are neither official wins nor official losses.

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R QF 4R QF A NH F F 4R A 3R 2R A A 1R A 1R 0 / 11 26–11
French Open A A 1R 1R A A 1R 4R A A 2R A A A A A A 0 / 5 4–5
Wimbledon A A 4R SF 2R QF W QF A 4R 2R 2R A A 1R A 1R 1 / 11 29–10
US Open A 1R 3R SF A 1R 1R A A 3R A A A A A 1R A 0 / 7 9–7
Win–loss 0–1 3–2 8–4 13–4 1–1 4–2 12–3 13–3 3–1 5–2 4–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 1 / 34 68–33
Year-end ranking 342 34 10 67 24 7 20 368 81 108 203 511 250 765 379
National representation
Davis Cup A A W SF SF W SF QF PO F A A A A A A A 2 / 8 23–7

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Total
Wins 0 0 1 4 0 2 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Cash
1. United States Vitas Gerulaitis 9 Queen's Club, London Grass 2R 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 61
2. Sweden Mats Wilander 4 Wimbledon, London Grass 2R 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–2, 6–4 33
3. Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6 Wimbledon, London Grass QF 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–5) 33
4. Sweden Mats Wilander 4 US Open, New York Hard QF 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 2–6, 6–3 18
5. United States Jimmy Connors 2 Davis Cup, Portland U.S. Carpet (i) RR 6–4, 6–2 10
6. Sweden Mats Wilander 2 Wimbledon, London Grass 4R 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–3 413
7. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Davis Cup, Melbourne Grass RR 13–11, 13–11, 6–4 24
8. France Yannick Noah 4 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass QF 6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 6–0 24
9. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 1 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass SF 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–4 24
10. Sweden Stefan Edberg 4 Queen's Club, London Grass QF 7–6, 7–6 13
11. Sweden Mats Wilander 3 Wimbledon, London Grass QF 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 11
12. United States Jimmy Connors 7 Wimbledon, London Grass SF 6–4, 6–4, 6–1 11
13. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 1 Wimbledon, London Grass F 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–5 11
14. West Germany Boris Becker 4 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) SF 6–3, 2–6, 7–6 8
15. Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř 6 Masters, New York Carpet (i) RR 7–5, 6–4 7
16. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 1 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard SF 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 7

Senior Tour titles[edit]

  • 2000 – London Masters, U.K. (Blackrock Tour of Champions)
  • 2001 – Graz, Austria (Blackrock Tour of Champions)


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  10. ^ "Can ivermectin be used to treat or prevent COVID-19?". ABC News. 7 September 2021 – via
  11. ^ "Watch a BBC newscaster explain the U.S. ivermectin boom to a British audience". The Week.

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