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Pat Cash
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August 27, 2018: “Sad day for men’s tennis. #ITF have voted for new format of #DavisCup (it’s no longer Davis Cup). Fooling themselves if they think top players will play a 18-team comp over one week at the end of the year????
Pat Cash, of Australia, former Wimbledon champion, denouncing the International Tennis Federation's narrow vote to drastically change the 118-year-old Davis Cup format, which will begin next year, when 24 teams will take part in home-and-away matches, with the 12 winners moving into the final where they will join the four semifinalist of the previous year and two wild-cards that will be announced before the draw for the qualifying round. The finals will be held at one site with the countries, divided into six groups, playing a round robin consisting of three matches – two singles and one doubles – all best-of-three sets.
June 1, 2015: “I can remember sitting there in Abu Dhabi, puzzled and asking myself just why he was talking the way he did. Yet now it all seems to be falling in place and I’m asking myself: what has happened to him? Age gets to every player, no matter how great they might be. Rafa is not old — he will celebrate his 29th birthday on the day of the quarter-finals, where he could well be going into that much anticipated battle with the top seed, Novak Djokovic. Nevertheless, he’s been out there, contesting the ATP World Tour since making his debut as a 15-year-old and he has put more physical effort into not just his matches, but also every single daily practice session than any player since Jimmy Connors. Still I don’t believe that he is tired of the challenge. It’s more that his game has somehow got knocked slightly out of kilter and for somebody such as Nadal, where there are so many components that make up his brutally struck and spun ground shots, that is crucial.
Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, recalling a New York Eve’s conversation in which Rafael Nadal was shockingly pessimistic and analysing it in view of his prolong slump since then, in The Times (UK).

July 27, 2006: "The sad fact remains: serve and volley is dead. How many times during this fortnight will see players attempt those glorious dives across the court that used to be Becker's trademark? Will we see spellbinding athleticism in the manner of Edberg or Rafter? The guile and touch of a John McEnroe? I played serve and volley at every opportunity when I won the title 19 years ago and wouldn't have had it any other way. But now I am a dinosaur. My sort of tennis is extinct, and there is no doubt in my mind that the game is poorer for its passing."

- Pat Cash, 1987 Wimbledon champion, in The Sunday Times (UK).
1988: "I brought two hundred [headbands] with me, and I've already given away about hundred. I have no idea how many I have left."
-High school dropout Pat Cash, after taking inventory at Wimbledon

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