Rasheed at the 2015 Aegon Championships in London, coaching Grigor Dimitrov
10 March 1969 |
|Height||6' (183 cm)|
|Highest ranking||No. 192 (11 May 1992)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1988, 1992)|
|US Open||Q2 (1992)|
|Highest ranking||No. 134 (17 August 1992)|
|Coaching career (2003–)|
|Coachee Singles Titles total||6(H) + 2(M) + 1(T) + 4(D) = 13(total)|
|List of notable tournaments
2003 Davis Cup champion (Hewitt)
Roger Rasheed (born 10 March 1969) is a former Australian rules football player, tennis player, tennis coach, and tennis commentator. Rasheed is best known as Grand Slam coach of Australian former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, former French No. 1 Gaël Monfils, former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Top 10 ATP Tour player Grigor Dimitrov and through ProTennisCoach.com. In addition, Rasheed is a media personality on Channel Seven and operates the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation.
Prior to his work as a coach, Rasheed was the youngest ever player to qualify for an Australian Open in 1988. Rasheed also competed in the ATP Challenger Series and won four titles in 1992. He reached number 192 in ATP rankings and number 132 in the doubles rankings in 1992.
In Australia, Rasheed is notable as Lleyton Hewitt's coach from 2003 until 2007. During Rasheed's tenure as coach, Hewitt enjoyed significant domestic and international success, including becoming the first Australian in seventeen years to reach the Australian Open final and winning the 2006 Queen's Club Championships. Whilst Hewitt's coach, Rasheed also was the coach of the Australian Davis Cup team in 2006.
Rasheed then coached Gaël Monfils from July 2008 to July 2011 which coincded with Monfils rise in rankings from 38 to 7 in the ATP World Rankings. Since, Rasheed coached Frenchman and former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over between October 2012 and 2013. Tsonga achieved considerable success over this period, including defeating Roger Federer in straight sets at the French Open.
Since October 2013, Rasheed agreed to coach Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the most successful Bulgarian tennis player, both in financial and ranking terms, in history. Dimitrov credited Rasheed for his success in the 2014 Australian Open. Following a run of poor results in 2015, which culminated in a straight-sets defeat to Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon, Rasheed parted ways with Dimitrov.
In addition, Rasheed has launched the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation a not for profit organisation which focuses on children's health across socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. Greg Norman is the Foundation's patron. The organisation's first project is developing the Rajah Street Community Reserve in the City of Marion, Adelaide.
He is Australian of Lebanese descent. Born in Adelaide, Rasheed played Australian rules football, including seven games in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) with the Sturt Football Club. He also coached the Pembroke School football team. He is a keen supporter of the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
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- Roger Rasheed is the new coach of Grigor Dimitrov
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