Pat Cash was a stylish determined player who was beset by injuries throughout his career. As a youngster he played lots of sports, including Aussie Rules football. He chose a career as a tennis player and was just 16 when he made his Grand Slam debut at the 1981 Australian Open, where he lost in the opening round to Mark Edmondson. At the Australian Open in 1982 Cash beat Wally Masur in the fourth round before losing to Paul McNamee in four sets in the quarters. At Wimbledon 1984 Cash beat fourth seed Mats Wilander in four sets in the second round, eleventh seed Kevin Curren in four sets in the fourth round and sixth seed Andres Gomez in four sets in the quarters before losing easily to John McEnroe in the semis. At the US Open Cash beat Ilie Nastase, Brad Gilbert and Wilander before losing to Ivan Lendl on a fifth set tie break in the semis. Cash suffered from injuries for much of 1985. He had his appendix out but still played at Wimbledon in 1986 and beat Mats Wilander before losing in the quarters. At the 1987 Australian Open Cash beat Yannick Noah in four sets in the quarters and top seed Ivan Lendl in four sets in the semis before losing to Stefan Edberg in the final in five sets. At Wimbledon Cash beat Wilander in straight sets in the quarters, Jimmy Connors in straight sets in the semis and Lendl in straight sets in the final to take his first Grand Slam title. Cash then famously climbed over the heads of spectators to embrace family and friends. At the 1988 Australian Open Cash beat Thomas Muster in the opening round and outlasted Lendl in five sets in the semis before losing 8-6 in the fifth set to Wilander in the final. At Wimbledon he lost in the quarters to Boris Becker in straight sets. Then Cash's career began to decline and he was beset by injuries, particularly to the back and legs. At Wimbledon in 1992 Cash lost a thriller to McEnroe in the second round. Cash was determined to fight his way back to the higher echelons of the game but injuries and advancing age prevented him from doing so. He retired after losing in the opening round at Wimbledon 1997. He became an outspoken and sometimes controversial commentator and also became a coach. Mark Philippoussis and Greg Rusedski were amongst those he coached, as well as the many pupils at his tennis academy. He also played seniors tennis.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: B.Becker 0-2, J.Connors 1-0, S.Edberg 0-3, M.Edmondson 0-1, A.Gomez 1-0, J.Kriek 0-1, I.Lendl 3-3, J.McEnroe 0-2, T.Muster 1-0, I.Nastase 1-0, Y.Noah 1-0, B.Teacher 1-0, G.Vilas 1-0, M.Wilander 4-1
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