Tennis legend Pat Cash is a household name for many Australian families. The former Australian tennis player has won his fair share of games taking out wins in the 86’ David Cup, 82’ Victorian Open, U.S. Open Junior Champion and of course Wimbledon in 1987.
With the 2019 Wimbledon only a few weeks away, we were lucky enough to have quick chat with Pat about his thoughts on the upcoming tournament, players, fans and of course his personal life including his band, reflection on his monumental career and advice for others wanting to make it in tennis.
Check out the interview below! We’ll be chatting to Pat a bit more in depth at our Keith Prowse Travel Private Wimbledon function where guests will get to meet the tennis star and ask him any questions they may have. Stay tuned for our 2020 Wimbledon guest speaker.
1. With Wimbledon under a month away, who do you think will take the Men’s Single Championships win? How about the Ladies Single?
The men’s is a little bit easier to predict than the ladies as I can’t see anyone other than Djokovic or Federer winning the title, but expect serious threats from Tsitsipas the young a Greek star coming through. Big servers are always dangerous though injuries to Raonic Isner and Anderson have dampened their chances to go all the way. Nadal is an unknown. He’s just amazing on clay but hasn’t performed well for a while at SW19.
The ladies is really tricky as literally 30 or 40 players could win the title. It’s really down to whoever goes on a good run. I see Serena doing well naturally and Aussie Ashleigh Barty is the player on form this year so far, but it really could be anyone!
2. What do you think about the Australian players for this year?
I think after her French open result, Ash Barty would be one of the favourites to win Wimbledon. In the men’s I don’t think there’s anybody who can push for the title but some of the Australian players are very dangerous.
3. How do you feel about today’s generation of tennis and its fans?
I think tennis is in a very healthy position at the moment. There is a lot of politics going on which is damaging the sport internally but I think as a product we are seeing a lot of very good women winners and it is extremely open, so there is interest in many countries. In the men’s, the young players are starting to push the legends and that’s what we want to see and makes it exciting.
4. What do you consider your greatest achievement in life so far?
That’s easy, raising my children to be happy healthy well-balanced people.
5. If you could pick another sport to excel in, what sport would you pick and why?
Well I do love Aussie rules football. That is my first love as my father was a pro player back in the day but I also love cricket and athletics as well.
6. What would you say to your younger self and those aspiring tennis players wanting to make it big?
It’s very important to get as good technically as you possibly can because the power with the rackets and strings and the size of the players means any weakness’s will break down under that speed and you have to be prepared to work your butt off!
7. What was the best thing about playing tennis competitively? Do you miss it?
I do not miss competitive tennis one little bit. It’s extremely stressful, hard on the body and it takes all your attention. I’m passed all that. The best thing is the travel but also can be one of the most tiring things.
8. Where will you be watching Wimbledon?
I will be watching a lot of it on Centre Court from the commentating box. I am lucky that the BBC have a fantastic spot just underneath the Royal box. Hard to beat as it has the best view in tennis.
9. Most people may not know you are a huge rock music fan. Do you still play in your band and have an occasional jam?
Yes! I am a complete guitar fan, and my tastes vary from the blues to the Beatles to Metallica Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. At the moment I am learning AC/DC songs and I occasionally get together with some mates and do a charity event which is great fun!
10. If you could have dinner with anyone, from the past or present, who would it be and why?
I have so many questions I would like to ask Jesus, Buddha, Krishna or Gandhi. I’m also very curious about some of the conspiracy theories so maybe J Edgar Hoover could shine some light on the Kennedy killings!
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