Pat Cash: Determined

Feb 18, 2018
Robert Davis / Editor-in-Chief

You need to know up front that Pat Cash is a giver. Throughout his life, he has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty whether it be training sessions, learning new coaching methods, personal attention to others, or compassion for the afflicted. To truly appreciate what Pat Cash, the coach, brings to the table; we need to understand Pat Cash the man. What made him a legend at Wimbledon and a hero in Davis Cup was an often unhealthy obsession with perfection in all areas of playing his best tennis. In the years that followed his career, through a combination of trial and error, Cash discovered how to channel his high voltage energy, count his many blessings and maintain a healthy balance of operations.

Pat Cash does not try and hide from the stories of his early years as a renegade, rebel and late night rocker. In fact, he only has to look at the tattoo on his left forearm – ‘This Too Shall Pass’

“That is a reference not only to my dark days,” Cash admits, “But also means the good times will pass as well.”

The ink does not stop there. A rose in bloom is also on the forearm next to the Scripture.

“I have always been obsessive about tennis and a bit of a workaholic,” Cash admits, “So the rose is really to take time to smell the roses at some stage.”

A few years ago, prior to Wimbledon I asked Cash to help me with my doubles team, Aisam Qureshi and Jean-Julian Rojer. Cash booked a court at Hurlingham Club in London for the next couple of days. He then arranged for doubles legends Mark Woodforde and Jacco Eltingh to show up and have a look at the team. I was experiencing Pat Cash’s trademark coaching style; zero ego and get other experts involved. Pat Cash the coach is quick to listen, slow to speak and then firmly says what needs to be said. James Buddell, ATP staff writer, wrote arguably…
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