|Born||27 May 1965|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (9 May 1988)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1987, 1988)|
|French Open||4R (1988)|
|US Open||SF (1984)|
|Tour Finals||RR (1987)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1988)|
|Olympic Games||1R (1984, demonstration event)|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (13 August 1984)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1984)|
|French Open||3R (1982)|
|Wimbledon||F (1984, 1985)|
|US Open||SF (1983)|
|Davis Cup||W (1983, 1986)|
|Hopman Cup||F (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.
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.
Cash turned professional in late 1982 and won his first top-level singles title that year in Melbourne.
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. 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.
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.
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, 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. 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?]
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 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.
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".
|Loss||1987||Australian Open||Grass||Stefan Edberg||3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6|
|Win||1987||Wimbledon||Grass||Ivan Lendl||7-6(7-5), 6-2, 7-5|
|Loss||1988||Australian Open||Hard||Mats Wilander||3-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-3, 1-6, 6-8|
|Loss||1984||Wimbledon||Grass||Paul McNamee|| Peter Fleming
|2-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6|
|Loss||1985||Wimbledon||Grass||John Fitzgerald|| Heinz Günthardt
|4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6|
|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)|
|Win||1.||Dec 1982||Melbourne Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Rod Frawley||6-4, 7-6|
|Win||2.||Oct 1983||Brisbane, Australia||Carpet (i)||Paul McNamee||4-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|Loss||1.||Oct 1984||Melbourne Indoor, Australia||Carpet (i)||Matt Mitchell||4-6, 6-3, 2-6|
|Loss||2.||Jan 1987||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||Stefan Edberg||3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6|
|Win||3.||Mar 1987||Lorraine Open, France||Carpet (i)||Wally Masur||6-2, 6-3|
|Win||4.||Jun 1987||Wimbledon||Grass||Ivan Lendl||7-6(7-5), 6-2, 7-5|
|Loss||3.||Oct 1987||Australian Indoor Championships||Hard (i)||Ivan Lendl||4-6, 2-6, 4-6|
|Win||5.||Nov 1987||South African Open||Hard (i)||Brad Gilbert||7-6(9-7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1|
|Loss||4.||Jan 1988||Australian Open, Melbourne||Hard||Mats Wilander||3-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-3, 1-6, 6-8|
|Loss||5.||Apr 1990||Seoul Open, South Korea||Hard||Alex Antonitsch||6-7(2-7), 3-6|
|Win||6.||Apr 1990||Hong Kong||Hard||Alex Antonitsch||6-3, 6-4|
|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)|
|Runner-up||1981||Wimbledon Jrs.||Grass||Matt Anger||6-7(3-7), 5-7|
|Winner||1982||Wimbledon Jrs.||Grass||Henrik Sundström||6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-3|
|Winner||1982||US Open Jrs.||Hard||Guy Forget||6-3, 6-3|
Walkovers are neither official wins nor official losses.
|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|
|Davis Cup||A||A||W||SF||SF||W||SF||QF||PO||F||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2 / 8||23-7|
|1.||Vitas Gerulaitis||9||Queen's Club, London||Grass||2R||5-7, 6-3, 6-3||61|
|2.||Mats Wilander||4||Wimbledon, London||Grass||2R||6-7(2-7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4||33|
|3.||Andrés Gómez||6||Wimbledon, London||Grass||QF||6-4, 6-4, 6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-5)||33|
|4.||Mats Wilander||4||US Open, New York||Hard||QF||7-6(7-3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3||18|
|5.||Jimmy Connors||2||Davis Cup, Portland U.S.||Carpet (i)||RR||6-4, 6-2||10|
|6.||Mats Wilander||2||Wimbledon, London||Grass||4R||4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3||413|
|7.||Stefan Edberg||5||Davis Cup, Melbourne||Grass||RR||13-11, 13-11, 6-4||24|
|8.||Yannick Noah||4||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||QF||6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0||24|
|9.||Ivan Lendl||1||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||SF||7-6(7-1), 5-7, 7-6(7-5), 6-4||24|
|10.||Stefan Edberg||4||Queen's Club, London||Grass||QF||7-6, 7-6||13|
|11.||Mats Wilander||3||Wimbledon, London||Grass||QF||6-3, 7-5, 6-4||11|
|12.||Jimmy Connors||7||Wimbledon, London||Grass||SF||6-4, 6-4, 6-1||11|
|13.||Ivan Lendl||1||Wimbledon, London||Grass||F||7-6(7-5), 6-2, 7-5||11|
|14.||Boris Becker||4||Sydney, Australia||Hard (i)||SF||6-3, 2-6, 7-6||8|
|15.||Miloslav Me?í?||6||Masters, New York||Carpet (i)||RR||7-5, 6-4||7|
|16.||Ivan Lendl||1||Australian Open, Melbourne||Hard||SF||6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2||7|