Darren Cahill

Darren Cahill (born 2 October 1965) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Australia. In addition, Cahill is a tennis analyst for the Grand Slam events on the US sports network ESPN and a coach with the Adidas Player Development Program and at ProTennisCoach.com.

Darren Cahill
Darren Cahill at the 2009 Indianapolis Tennis Championships 01 (cropped).jpg
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceAdelaide, Australia[1]
Born (1965-10-02) 2 October 1965 (age 56)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1984
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,349,247
Career record133–122 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix and ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 22 (24 April 1989)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (1985, 1989, 1991)
French Open3R (1985, 1987, 1989)
Wimbledon2R (1988, 1990, 1994)
US OpenSF (1988)
Career record192–138 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix and ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 10 (7 August 1989)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenF (1989)
French Open3R (1987)
WimbledonQF (1987, 1989)
US OpenQF (1989)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
WimbledonF (1987)
Coaching career
Coaching achievements
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)



Cahill turned professional in 1984. He won his first tour doubles title in 1985 at the Melbourne Outdoor tournament. In 1987, he won his first top-level singles title at New Haven.

Cahill's best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1988 US Open, where he knocked out Lawson Duncan, Boris Becker, Marcelo Ingaramo (a walkover after Ingaramo withdrew), Martin Laurendeau, and Aaron Krickstein on the way to reaching the semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Mats Wilander.

In 1989, Cahill finished runner-up in men's doubles at the Australian Open partnering fellow Aussie Mark Kratzmann. Also with Kratzmann, Cahill won the ATP Championships in Cincinnati.

Cahill was a member of the Australian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1990. The team lost 3–2 to the United States in the final. Cahill compiled a 6–4 career Davis Cup record (4–0 in doubles and 2–4 in singles).

Cahill won his last tour singles title in 1991 at San Francisco. His last doubles title came in 1994 in Sydney.

In 1989, Cahill's reached his career peak doubles ranking of world no. 10 and his peak singles ranking of no. 22 in 1989.[2] After chronic knee injuries and ten operations, he retired from the professional tour in 1995.[2]


Cahill coaching in 2007

Since retiring from the tour, Cahill has been a successful tennis coach and guided Lleyton Hewitt to become the youngest player ever ranked world no. 1.[2] After Hewitt, Cahill coached Andre Agassi, who under Cahill became the oldest player ever to be ranked world no. 1 in May 2003. Cahill joined the Adidas Player Development Program after Agassi retired in 2006 and has worked with high-profile players, including Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Fernando Verdasco, Daniela Hantuchová, Sorana Cîrstea, and Simona Halep. In 2017 and 2018, he coached Halep to No.1 on the WTA Tour and the 2018 French Open championship. After a year away, Cahill rejoined with Halep in 2020.

In addition to coaching individual players, Cahill was the Australian Davis Cup coach from 2007 until February 2009. He is also an Adidas talent scout and works with promising junior players worldwide.[3] He is now a member of the Adidas Player Development Program.[2] With Roger Rasheed, Brad Gilbert, and Paul Annacone, Cahill is a coach at ProTennisCoach.com, an open-access, professional coaching website.[4] Cahill is also involved with PlaySight Interactive, a sports technology company behind the SmartCourt. Along with Paul Annacone, he heads up PlaySight's Coaching and Player Development team, helping the company to bring its technology to more tennis coaches and players across the world.[5]

In January 2022, Cahill began coaching tennis player Amanda Anisimova as a trial coach.[6]


Since 2007, Cahill is a tennis analyst for the global sports network ESPN for three of the four major tennis Grand Slams: the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. He also works for the Australian television network Channel 7 for the Hopman Cup and Australian Open.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Cahill is the son of Australian rules football player and coach John Cahill. He has two children, Tahlia and Benjamin. His nickname is Killer.[7] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[8]

Career finalsEdit

Singles 4 (3–1)Edit

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters Series (0–0)
ATP World Series since 1990 (1–1)
ATP International Series since 1990 (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (1–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Aug 1987 New Haven, Connecticut Hard   Dan Cassidy 6–0, 6–3
Win 2. Jul 1988 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Jakob Hlasek 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
Loss 1. Jul 1990 Newport, Rhode Island Grass   Pieter Aldrich 6–7, 6–1, 1–6
Win 3. Feb 1991 San Francisco, California Carpet   Brad Gilbert 6–2, 3–6, 6–4

Doubles: 20 (13–7)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters Series (1–1)
ATP World Series since 1990 (3–3)
ATP International Series since 1990 (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (8–4)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (5–1)
Carpet (0–2)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 23 December 1985 Melbourne, Australia Grass   Peter Carter   Brett Dickinson
  Roberto Saad
7–6, 6–1
Loss 1. 9 Jun 1986 Queen's Club, London, England Grass   Mark Kratzmann   Kevin Curren
  Guy Forget
2–6, 6–7
Loss 2. 13 September 1987 Bordeaux, France Clay   Mark Woodforde   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 3–6
Win 2. 12 October 1987 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Boris Becker
  Robert Seguso
6–3, 6–2
Win 3. 28 December 1987 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Carl Limberger
  Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Win 4. 4 January 1988 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Mark Kratzmann   Joey Rive
  Bud Schultz
7–6, 6–4
Win 5. 25 April 1988 Hamburg, Germany Grass   Laurie Warder   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
6–4, 6–4
Win 6. 10 October 1988 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   John Fitzgerald   Marty Davis
  Brad Drewett
6–3, 6–2
Win 7. 9 January 1989 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Wally Masur   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
6–4, 6–3
Loss 3. 16 January 1989 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 8. 12 June 1989 Queen's Club, London, England Grass   Mark Kratzmann   Tim Pawsat
  Laurie Warder
7–6, 6–3
Win 9. 2 October 1989 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Broderick Dyke
  Simon Youl
6–4, 5–7, 6–0
Loss 4. 9 October 1989 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Scott Warner
  David Pate
3–6, 7–6, 5–7
Win 10. 26 February 1990 Memphis, Tennessee Hard (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Udo Riglewski
  Michael Stich
7–5, 6–2
Win 11. 9 September 1990 Newport, Rhode Island Grass   Mark Kratzmann   Todd Nelson
  Bryan Shelton
7–6, 6–2
Win 12. 6 October 1990 Cincinnati, Ohio Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Neil Broad
  Gary Muller
7–6, 6–2
Loss 5. 29 October 1990 Paris, France Carpet   Mark Kratzmann   Scott Davis
  David Pate
7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 6. 7 January 1991 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Scott Davis
  David Pate
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Win 13. 10 January 1994 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Sandon Stolle   Mark Kratzmann
  Laurie Warder
6–1, 7–6
Loss 7. 31 January 1994 Dubai, United Arab Republic Hard   John Fitzgerald   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
7–6, 4–6, 2–6

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 1987 Wimbledon Grass   Nicole Provis   Jo Durie
  Jeremy Bates
6–7(10–12), 3–6


  1. ^ 1 September 2011 ESPN 2 tennis broadcast
  2. ^ a b c d "Darren Cahill". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Tennis News, Photos, Stats, Scores, Schedule & Videos". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Pro Tennis Coach – Expert tennis coaching from Pro Tour". Protenniscoach.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Annacone and Cahill join PlaySight". Tennisindustrymag.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Amanda Anisimova 'in a good place' as Cahill coaching trial continues". tennis.com. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Darren Cahill – ESPN MediaZone U.S." Espnmediazone.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ AIS at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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