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Roger Rasheed

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 53)
Adelaide, Australia
Height6 ft (183 cm)
Turned pro1989
Career record5-6
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 192 (11 May 1992)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1988, 1992)
WimbledonQ3 (1988)
US OpenQ2 (1992)
Career record4-14
Career titles0
4 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 134 (17 August 1992)
Coaching career
Coaching achievements
Coachee singles titles total6(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 with the Seven Network for 12 years. 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 his own website 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 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]

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


Rasheed regularly commentated both men's and women's matches in the Australian Open for the Seven Network between 2007 and 2018. In particular, Rasheed was known for his court-side commentary and special analysis.

He now works for the broadcaster Nine Network whilst working for the Tennis Australia world feed in an expert commentary role.


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

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 tried to coach 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

Doubles: 5 (4-1)

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


  1. ^ Clarke, Ali (5 September 2014). "The Advertiser: Tennis coach Roger Rasheed courting ultimate success". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Australian Associated Press (5 January 2007). "Rasheed quits as Lleyton Hewitt's coach". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Roger Rasheed".
  4. ^ "France's Monfils splits with coach Roger Rasheed". Agence France-Presse. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Tsonga picks Rasheed as new coach - ABC Grandstand Sport - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  6. ^ Roger Rasheed is the new coach of Grigor Dimitrov
  7. ^ "Rising star Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Rasheed hit on a winning formula". 15 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Grigor Dimitrov parts with coach Roger Rasheed after run of bad form". 6 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Home".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Flanagan, Martin (12 September 2007). "Footy through the eyes of a tennis coach". Retrieved 2008.
  14. ^ "The Players - Roger Rasheed is player 972, commenced 19/3/1993". Sturt Football Club. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Fjeldstad, Jesper (8 June 2013). "Roger Rasheed's Power and passion". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 2015.

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