Morning Man Classic: Pat Cash!
When Pat Cash won the Wimbledon singles crown in 1987, he very dramatically climbed into the stands at the All England Club to hug his parents. No player had done that before but a lot have done it since.
I was watching with some college buddies and still heavily closeted so as Pat climbed into the stands, I had to keep this thought to myself: “Look at those THIGHS!”
The Aussie champion was a real heartthrob during the 80s but the Wimbledon win was his only major title although he did twice reach the finals of the Australian Open only to lose heartbreaking five-set matches to Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander, respectively.
But Pat did lead Australia to two Davis Cup titles. He also won the junior titles at Wimbledon and the US Open.
His best chance at winning the US Open, which concludes in Flushing Meadows later today, was in 1984 when he had a match point on Ivan Lendl in the fifth set. It looked like he had won the match with a winner but Lendl flicked up a desperation lob that managed to go over Cash’s head and bounce just inside the baseline.
He got his revenge on Lendl three years later though when he beat him in the finals of Wimbledon.
Now 50, Pat keeps busy as a tennis commentator, mostly for the BBC and he’s also a grandfather!
What a sexy grandpa!