Roger Rasheed

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Roger Rasheed
Roger Rasheed, Aegon Championships, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
Rasheed at the 2015 Aegon Championships in London, coaching Grigor Dimitrov
Country (sports)  Australia
Born (1969-03-10) 10 March 1969 (age 49)
Adelaide, Australia
Height 6' (183 cm)
Turned pro 1989
Retired 2005
Plays Right-handed
Career record 5–6
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 192 (11 May 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1988, 1992)
Wimbledon Q3 (1988)
US Open Q2 (1992)
Career record 4–14
Career titles 0
4 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 134 (17 August 1992)
Coaching career (2003–)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total 6(H) + 2(M) + 1(T) + 4(D) = 13(total)
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

Australia 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 World No. 6 Gaël Monfils, former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov and through In addition, Rasheed is a media personality on Channel Seven and is the founder of 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 1985 at 16 years of age, a feat eclipsed by Lleyton Hewitt, whom Rasheed later coached.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Rasheed then coached Gaël Monfils from July 2008 to July 2011 which coincided with Monfils rise in rankings from 38 to 7 in the ATP World Rankings.[4] Since, Rasheed coached Frenchman and former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over between October 2012 and 2013.[5] 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 male tennis player, both in financial and ranking terms, in history.[6] Dimitrov credited Rasheed for his success in the 2014 Australian Open.[7] 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.[8][edit]

With Paul Annacone, Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill, Rasheed developed — a professional and open coaching website launched in 2013.[9]


Rasheed regularly commentates both men's and women's matches in the Australian Open for Channel Seven. In particular, Rasheed is known for his court side commentary at the Open.


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.[10] Greg Norman is the Foundation's patron.[11] The organisation's first project is developing the Rajah Street Community Reserve in the City of Marion, Adelaide.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is Australian of Lebanese descent.[13] Born in Adelaide, Rasheed played Australian rules football, including seven games in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) with the Sturt Football Club.[14] 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).[15]

Challenger finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (4–1)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (4–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 26 November 1989 Hobart, Australia Carpet Australia Carl Turich Australia Jamie Morgan
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–7, 6–7
Winner 1. 17 May 1992 Antwerp, Belgium Clay Australia Michael Brown Sweden Mikael Pernfors
Belgium Kris Goossens
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 5 July 1992 Salerno, Italy Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Argentina Daniel Orsanic
Argentina Gabriel Markus
6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 2 August 1992 Winnetka, United States Hard Australia Andrew Kratzmann United States Rick Witsken
United States Todd Witsken
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 4. 16 August 1992 Fortaleza, Brazil Hard Australia Andrew Kratzmann Sweden Christer Allgårdh
Venezuela Maurice Ruah
7–6, 6–4


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