An Australian Tennis legend, Pat Cash is best known for his victory at the 1987 Wimbledon Tennis Championship. First coming to the attention of the tennis world in the early 1980s, Pat was awarded with a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport. Winning the Wimbledon and US Open at a junior level in 1981, Pat turned professional in 1982, winning his first top-level singles title later that year in Melbourne. A magnificent tennis speaker, Pat’s engaging delivery of talks makes him one of the most desirable sports speakers on the after dinner speaker circuit.
The Aussie Wimbledon winner reached the final of the Delta Tour of Champions, only to be defeated by McEnroe. Now on the Legends circuit, Pat has fulfilled his rock’n’roll dreams on stage with INXS and performs with his own band The Wild Colonial Boys.
A hard fighting serve-and-volleyer, Pat Cash was a member of Australia’s winning Davis Cup team. Four years later he won Wimbledon, beating Ivan Lendl – and taking spectators by surprise when he climbed the seats to embrace his family.
After announcing his retirement. Pat remained involved at the highest level as coach to Mark Philippoussis and Greg Rusedski. He also developed the ‘Intonet’, a device designed to pick up balls at the net and reduce the risk of back trouble.
Based in London, Pat became a regular member of the BBC commentary team and started his own academy. He also reached the final of the 2005 Delta Tour of Champions, only to be knocked out by John McEnroe.
Outside tennis, Pat’s other love is music. He shared a stage with INXS at the Australian Open and often appears with his own band, The Wild Colonial Boys. He uses his famous chequered headband as a guitar strap.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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