By Emma Quayle
January 30, 2004
Pat Cash said last night he might not feel safe the next time he met Mark Philippoussis in a locker room. Cash said he had received a threatening phone call from the Philippoussis camp on Wednesday after he was one of several former and current players to publicly question the 27-year-old's commitment.
"I've had a lot of abuse hurled at me, rightly or wrongly," Cash said. "I've been in arguments and fights. I've even been through a divorce but I've never, ever been abused and threatened like I was yesterday on the telephone."
Asked whether he would be safe to visit Philippoussis, whom he once coached, in the change rooms, the 1987 Wimbledon champion said: "Unfortunately . . . I'm not sure. As a member of the media and as an ex-player, I think it [the phone call] is completely out of order. I won't accept that behaviour from anybody. I don't appreciate what happened. Rightly or wrongly it's my right to make a comment on what I see on the tennis court."
Cash had suggested Philippoussis had been distracted by his friendship with pop star Delta Goodrem in the lead-up to his disappointing fourth-round loss to Hicham Arazi. Philippoussis's Davis Cup teammate Todd Woodbridge and former player John Alexander also questioned Philippoussis's dedication and off-court distractions. Woodbridge said last night that he had spoken to Philippoussis and that they had no lingering issues.
"Mark and I have talked," Woodbridge said. "We're exactly the same as we were when I was coaching him a couple of weeks ago."
Cash denied on Channel Nine's A Current Affair that his criticism of Philippoussis was, by extension, a criticism of Goodrem, who sat in Philippoussis's courtside box on Monday and also watched him play last Saturday.
"It was never my intention to make that insinuation," Cash said. "I have no idea about Mark's private life. I have not got even the faintest."
Cash also revealed that he had recently had a melanoma removed from his leg. "It was serious enough that once the doctor saw it he basically took it off, got it tested and found out it was stage-two melanoma," Cash said. "It's an absolute shock when the doctor tells you, 'Listen, if you wait another six months there's a very good chance your chances of survival will be minimal'. "
I for one wont be too
to see Cash get whats coming his way.
He's bad-mouthed nearly everyone he's worked with and go Poo, let him have it.