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07-17-2002, 02:12 PM
Aussie of the year 2001, come back Pat!!! :bounce:

07-17-2002, 02:15 PM

07-17-2002, 09:05 PM
I was just watching the Aussie Open 2001 semi between Pat and Andre and they both played incredibly. Pat still has great talent and I want him to comeback and win Wimby!:)

07-17-2002, 09:12 PM
Pat :D Even if he doesn't come back, he will always be the best. Wish he would have won Wimby and Davis cup last year though :(

07-17-2002, 09:31 PM
we love you, Pat, come on back! you know you want to! win Wimbledon, and the US Open, then David Cup!:)

07-17-2002, 11:13 PM
For me, he is the most talented man in tennis! :bounce:

too bad injuries were the dominant factor in his carrer :sad:

07-18-2002, 10:25 AM
I love you Pat!!! :kiss:

07-23-2002, 08:23 PM
truly a great player, i wish he'd return. such a great athlete.

and so damn kind and down to earth, and so damn hot with it.

07-23-2002, 09:39 PM
Tennis isn't the same without you, who will be the one who says "sorry, mate" now? Lleyton never misses a ball toss dammit!

07-24-2002, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by Hermione
Tennis isn't the same without you, who will be the one who says "sorry, mate" now? Lleyton never misses a ball toss dammit!

Lol! Too True! :p

07-24-2002, 02:35 PM
Come back, Pat!!!!!!!

This part of the season brings special memories. From Wimbledon on, he was just brilliant last year! :(

07-24-2002, 05:54 PM
Pat is definetely one of my favourite players. I also really wish he would come back and win Wimbledon (I imagine he would have had a great chance to do it this year) and Davis Cup.

Mrs. B
07-25-2002, 04:29 PM
I have a confession to make here...I LOVE PAT!!!!!
I'll divorce my husband immediately if he marries me.

Hope he comes back and win Wimbledon, then he can retire again.


07-25-2002, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B

Hope he comes back and win Wimbledon, then he can retire again.


and Davis Cup! come on back, Pat!;)

11-09-2002, 04:06 AM
Pat o Pat,
I can't survive a day without you
When will you realize where your passion lies?
When will u understand that u can play tennis and be with your family too?
Is it too much to ask?
Just to comeback, and see ur unique way of playing serve and volley
and hear u say "I'm sorry mate"
and to watch you lift that shiny trophy
with the smile that melts every girl's heart?

When I say we miss you I'm talking about the feeling of the majority of tennis fans, and I hope you'll realize some day, how much you can accomplish, with some determination and hard work. Everything will and have to work, because you are PAT!



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11-09-2002, 03:41 PM
Aussie of the Year 2002! :bounce:

11-09-2002, 03:56 PM
The tennis world is abuzz with talk of a Pat Rafter return, writes Richard Hinds.

The big news is that Wally Masur has been hitting some balls with Pat Rafter. But don't start booking your flights for Wimbledon just yet. Those balls have been of the small and white variety rather than the fluffy yellow ones, and Masur claims to know as little as anyone about the biggest question in Australian sport: Will Our Pat give it one more try?

"I've seen Pat in Sydney and we've played a bit of golf," Masur says. "I'm tempted from a selfish point of view [as Davis Cup coach] to say, 'What do you think? What are you going to do?' But everyone he sees on the street has been asking those questions. The closer you are to him the more you tend to leave him alone."

Speculation about a possible comeback has dogged Rafter since the day he announced his imminent "break from the game" in January last year. Because of the equivocal nature of his statements, everyone wanted to know if this was merely a chance to rest his aching body or a full farewell.

Now, a year after he hit his last ball in anger, it has become a hot topic again after Rafter said recently he was close to making a final decision about a comeback. While Rafter seemed still to be wrestling with the major issues - whether his fragile arm could withstand the work needed and how he could combine fatherhood with the rigours of the professional circuit - the fact he was again speaking of playing seemed telling.

After he lost the 2001 Wimbledon final to Goran Ivanisevic, Australian Paul Kilderry said he doubted his mate would be back because "once he puts his racquet down and finds out what everyone else has been doing, he won't want to pick it up again".

Now Rafter is playing again, although his brother and business manager Steve warns against getting too excited. "You can read that [Pat hitting balls] a couple of ways," he says. "Maybe he's having a bit of a hit and a giggle because you don't get that much exercise hitting golf balls. Or maybe there is more to it."

The Rafter family are uncertain which way Pat will jump. "We get more insight into what he is doing reading the papers than from speaking to Pat," says Steve. "Obviously we want to know, but we also know not to ask him because whatever he does will be up to him."

But given he has had his aching arm tested by surgeons and picked up a racquet, Rafter at least seems to be putting a toe back in the water. "I don't think he's hitting a hell of a lot," says Masur. "But, put it this way, he's still got some racquets in his cupboard."

Masur believes the only person likely to have an impact on Rafter's decision will be coach Tony Roche. And, so far, he is not letting on.

Roche's friend John Newcombe echoes the populist sentiment that Rafter should return to settle "unfinished business". But as much as he would like to win Wimbledon or the Davis Cup, the real test will be whether Rafter is willing to commit to the hard work and, perhaps, endure the constant pain that drove him into retirement.

"I think if he does come back it will take a lot of work," says Brad Gilbert, who helped oversee Andre Agassi's return from oblivion in 1997. "The main thing is it takes a bit of time. If his body has healed, the guy is still a young guy. But you have to fully commit, and that might mean taking your lumps along the way."

Agassi's ranking had slumped to triple digits and he was forced to play Challenger events to revive his career. However, Gilbert says his return was very different to a potential Rafter comeback.

"He did play, he just didn't play the slams that year [1997] and he wasn't motivated," he says. "It wasn't like he was injured, he was just dealing with other things in his life at that time, and when he got motivated again he was ready to go."

The similarity, as Gilbert sees it, is that Rafter would have to be prepared for some low times. "There are guys you used to beat and now, at the start, they can squeeze by you," says Gilbert, who made a successful return after an eight-month lay-off due to ankle surgery in 1988. "You have to be prepared to take that and keep going."

The key to a successful Rafter comeback is how well his body has healed. Because the arm injury that forced Rafter to miss his scheduled farewell match in the reverse singles of the 2001 Davis Cup final has only recently been diagnosed, the treatment is vague. He would therefore be gambling that time has helped heal the wound.

"He seems good now," says Masur. "But the obvious risk is the arm, or something else, will break down."

The good news for Rafter if he does decide to play is that not a great deal has changed in the time he has been away. "When Pat stopped Lleyton was on top and Andre was close," says Gilbert. "Now Lleyton is on top and Andre is close. The picture is the same."

While Agassi's back-court game demanded constant tournament play, Masur believes Rafter could be successful playing fewer tournaments to cater to his new family life, provided he does the work off the court.

"The serve-volley game he plays is much tougher, far more athletic," Masur says. "What you actually see on court is only the tip of the pyramid. He has to get into incredible shape to play. But I still think Pat, with a limited schedule, can be very dangerous ... He's still got a lot to offer to the game."

come on back, Pat! :bounce:

12-04-2002, 02:11 PM
come back pat :)

12-05-2002, 11:04 AM
Any chance of him playing Australian Open?

11-26-2003, 12:07 PM
heard some news yesterday

Pat will play Mats Wilander on Feb 2, 2004
day after Aus Open final

maybe he might comeback, but i doubt it

12-23-2003, 12:37 PM
Rafter to make fleeting return
Australian Pat Rafter will take part in a competitive doubles match on home soil - but insists he is not coming out of retirement.
The 30-year-old will play alongside Josh Eagles at the Australian Hardcourt Championship in Adelaide which starts on 5 January.

"This is an unexpected chance for people to show their appreciation to a great Australian," said tournament chief Colin Stubs.

"He will really add another dimension."

Rafter contacted Stubs and asked for a wildcard because he wanted match practice for a scheduled exhibition match against Swede Mats Wilander in February.

But Rafter made it very clear that his presence in Adelaide did not signal his intention to return to the ATP Tour.

The two-time US Open champion stepped down from the men's circuit last January after taking a year out from the game.

Rafter was beaten twice in the final at Wimbledon, famously losing an epic battle with Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

It was shortly after that defeat that he decided to quit the tour - his last official match was in Australia's Davis Cup defeat to France in December of the same year.

Story from BBC SPORT:

Published: 2003/12/23 11:17:37 GMT

12-23-2003, 05:55 PM
Pat :worship:

12-27-2003, 09:11 AM
Comon Pat! Win this tournament and keep on playing! :D

01-23-2004, 09:39 PM
I captured a few pix of Pat and Josh from ESPN broadcast of Flip and Santoro match.

09-20-2004, 09:10 PM
Here's a photo I have cute :)...

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01-12-2014, 09:31 AM
Pat Rafter 12-01-14

Q. So why? How did it all come about?

PAT RAFTER: You have to ask Lleyton that (laughter).

Okay, I don't know. Lleyton wanted to play maybe another match here. Just depends on how he goes in singles. You know, if he played with Gooch or someone like that, he had a tough first‑round singles match, he had to back up the singles, he had to pull out of doubles, I'm the guy (smiling).

Q. You won't care if he pulls out?

PAT RAFTER: It would be beautiful. Please pull out (smiling).

Listen, no, I've had a great relationship with Lleyton over the years. Also Davis Cup, we've played a few practice matches in Davis Cup. Keep playing a little bit. Under pressure I'll probably choke. Expect that to happen.

Q. Are you nervous a bit?

PAT RAFTER: Yeah. Listen, nothing is happening just yet, to be honest. We're in the draw, but it will all depend on how he goes. It's really important for him to play great singles. That's what it's all about. He still likes playing competitive matches. He gets through the first singles, he feels comfortable, feeling he might want to play, it's whatever Lleyton wants.

Q. Do you remember the last time you played with him?

PAT RAFTER: I haven't played with Lleyton here at the Open. Played with him Davis Cup. It was shocking, horrible. I was really bad. So my mates are sending me texts saying, Can you please work on your returns. I'll be definitely the worst player in the competition out there.

But I'll have fun. I'm playing with one of the best players in the competition. Figure it's like eating chocolate or having broccoli, sort of equal it out.

Q. Does that mean you have to keep up with the doping regulations?

PAT RAFTER: If there's a law, mate, against eating too much chocolate, I'm in trouble.

Q. You have to stay within the structures.

PAT RAFTER: Obviously something I don't go in on anyway.

LLEYTON HEWITT: This is a joke. What are you doing here? This is why you wanted to play. There should be two chairs, we're playing doubles. Look at this.

PAT RAFTER: It's about me. You can go away (laughter). Give me a little bit. That's what I have to deal with.

But, no, I never looked into that. Do I have to sign papers and all that sort of stuff again?

Q. You're not officially retired apparently, so you're not subject, otherwise you would have had to have given three months' notice.

PAT RAFTER: I was officially retired. I thought it was. Do you have to sign something that says you're officially retired?

Q. They started it in 2009, so they think you're fine.

PAT RAFTER: Okay. Put it this way, the whole drug testing thing we did a lot of. No worries, whatever.

Q. Edberg, Boris Becker, Lendl out there. Coaching something you're tempted by in the future?

PAT RAFTER: Of those three you mentioned, Stefan is the only one that can play. Stefan is actually in great shape still.

The hardest part about being around 40 is keeping your body in shape. It's tough, I must admit. You don't look after yourself like you did. You're not in the locker room all the time.

It's just a bit of fun. Doubles, half a court. I think I can do that.

Q. What about coaching in the future?

PAT RAFTER: I'm still coaching. That's my warmup coaching.
You mean on the tour? That's not going to happen. Davis Cup is enough for me.

Q. Bernie and Rafa, what do you expect from that?

PAT RAFTER: Well, I expect it will be a great match. I was really excited the way Bernie played in Sydney, how he backed that up and defended as well as he did. Obviously the finals didn't go to script for him. He played one loose game, del Potro played great from then on and gave him no chance.

I hope that's a warning for him. You can't play one good game against these guys. If you give these guys a sniff, they'll jump all over you. Rafa is the best at that in the world, of not letting anybody back in the match. If you give him an opportunity, he'll take it.

Bernie in the past has been a little bit up and down in these matches, has these lulls. He can't afford to have them.

If Bernie plays and keeps that intensity, he's going be to be very difficult to beat. Rafa knows that. Rafa is not happy with his draw. Bernard is not seeded, but he's a potential seed, for sure. He's one of those guys you don't want in the draw.

Q. Were you surprised to win at Albert Hall?

PAT RAFTER: I was actually playing well. I played the week before, won. Yeah, I played pretty well.

Singles have gone okay. Doubles has changed since I played. We used to play first serve, first volley, sort of don't miss. Now they're jumping all over the place. They're serving just rocket ships down at you. I can't return the best of times. I don't know what I'm going to do out there (laughter).

Q. What did you make of Lleyton's performance in Brisbane and how do you think he'll be able to back it up here?

PAT RAFTER: I think he was pretty ordinary. He got lucky (laughter).

No, he was great. Lleyton of old, digging out matches. Second match against López, I thought he was getting stitched up there pretty hard. He found a way in true Lleyton fashion. Yeah, it was just great to see him reignite those old days, see the way he came out and handled himself in the final against Federer was impressive. They've got a lot of history. Thought he might be a little flat going against him.

He loves it. He loves the occasion. He loves being out here. He loves playing. It's impressive. For us in Davis Cup, so lucky to have him. He shows in leading the way for these young kids. They get to see the way we behaves and takes it all on. His professionalism, there's no one else out like there like him.

Q. He wins Brisbane, Bernie is in the finals of Sydney, Sam in the semis of Hobart.

PAT RAFTER: The boys got tough draws here. But, you know, I don't think we're without a chance. I think there's a few matches there. Especially the young kids coming through. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they deal with the occasion. Having Kokkinakis play Brisbane, playing Lleyton on the center court there, deal with those pressures, coming in here, it won't be too dissimilar for him. I don't know how Nick Kyrgios will pull up.

These kids are our future, as well as with Bernard. If we can get these group of kids coming through now, it will be a very strong nation again.

Q. Del Potro played well. He served exceptionally well. That should give Bernie confidence that he can play well with the top guys. How important is it for him to believe that he can play with those guys?

PAT RAFTER: He can, you know. As I said, the only difference right now, obviously he's still got to work a little bit athletically. I think he's doing very well. I think his big improvement is in his physical side of things he can get better. His ball striking is definitely up there with the guys. He's just got to control his mental ups and downs throughout the match. Once he can start doing that, he'll start competing better and better with those big guys.

DelPo just blew him away once he got that sniff, that bit of confidence. He just showed why he's 5 in the world and Bernie is 50 in the world.

Q. Do you think as he gets older, more experience, he'll get better?

PAT RAFTER: Yeah, I mean, obviously that always helps. Couple more years to find out where he is, how he deals with these occasions all the time. He's had plenty of these occasions. Centre Court matches at Wimbledon, here, big matches in Davis Cup. So he's used to it.

It's the one simple thing now, for him to keep that same consistent hard work throughout the year and take this form throughout the year. You can have your one or two bad weeks, but he has to be able to keep this form going for a period I of time.

Q. Kokkinakis, is he fully fit?

PAT RAFTER: Yes. He had stress fractures I think when he was 15, then again last year, 16, 17. He's a growing boy. He's 6'5" or something. Still has another inch or something in them. His sister and brother, they're giants. He's a classy kid.

Q. One theory going around was that you were maybe going to play in the Davis Cup doubles with Lleyton?

PAT RAFTER: I hope not. There would have to be food poisoning, sicknesses. That would be my worst nightmare.

01-14-2014, 08:30 PM
With Lleyton out of the sngles, this match will be on - but how good will Rusty be after th five setter in the heat. We'll see this afternoon...

01-14-2014, 09:23 PM
With Lleyton out of the sngles, this match will be on - but how good will Rusty be after th five setter in the heat. We'll see this afternoon...

Yeah, very possible that Lleyton will be sluggish out there today. I'm sure they would have liked to put it off for a day now that Lleyton is out of the singles. Hopefully though, both guys are sharp as possible in the scorching conditions and put on a good performance.

01-15-2014, 08:50 PM
Glad that is over. Great for the general public but not a great match. Pat's reaction time was slow on returns and looked rusty both on serve and court awareness, movement. Lleyton was stiff backing up from the previous day. I personally would not like to see that again on the ATP tour.

11-05-2014, 08:58 AM
Tennis Australia: Pat Rafter takes key role as director of performance to revive Australia’s grand slam fortunes

PAT Rafter is to become Tennis Australia’s new director of performance, one of the most powerful roles in professional tennis.

The former world No. 1 and dual US Open champion will report directly to TA chief executive officer Craig Tiley as he seeks to rejuvenate the nation’s grand slam fortunes.

Rafter, 41, is expected to continue as Australian Davis Cup captain before eventually passing the baton to Lleyton Hewitt, who is likely to retire after the 2016 Australian Open.

A dual Wimbledon finalist, Rafter will start in his new role in February.

“It’s a challenge I am really looking forward to,” he said.

“There is so much I can learn but also a lot I think I can contribute. It’s exciting. I feel the time is right to step into this role and help us take the next step.

“I think about it all the time. What can we do better? What can our kids be doing that can make them better than any of the kids from other countries? What more can they do to be the best?

“I would like everyone to know that I am not coming into this role early next year saying that I have all the answers. Far from it.

“I am going to take my time, listen, watch and learn. But I also think there is a lot I have gleaned from years on the tour being around a lot of great players, coaches and people that can help us get better and better.”

TA president Steve Healy welcomed the appointment.

“It is extremely rare for one of the greats to take on a role such as this. In fact this could be a first,” Healy said.

“That just exemplifies Pat Rafter the person and this great Australian’s commitment to the sport of tennis.”

Tiley is delighted to make the appointment but asked the public to give Rafter time to settle into the role.

“Pat is an outstanding person, strong leader and terrific mentor. His principles and personal ideology align very strongly with what we want young Australians to achieve in world tennis,” Tiley said.

“What he has already done with the Davis Cup team is a credit to his leadership and we have high hopes for him in this role. It is a high pressure role, which is why we have taken a long time to get it right. Indeed he has been performing a significant part of it already as part of his Davis Cup responsibilities.

“While pressure is certainly something Pat is used to and handles well, I would urge our wonderful tennis loving public to give him time and room to get into this role and do it his way. Because he has shown that his way works.”

11-05-2014, 08:27 PM

Where does that out Scott Draper?

I thought he was the High Performance Director.
Or am I incorrect?

Rafter - not so sure

11-29-2014, 04:44 PM

11-29-2014, 06:37 PM
Thanks for the vid clip Ausie. Pity the mini-Wimbledon rerun at IPTL had the same outcome as last time though! But Pat was better than the first night against Santoro, so maybe he can pull off a win against Moya tonight!

Have to admit I'm really enjoying the IPTL format, and the glimpses of those great old games of the past included.

11-30-2014, 08:12 AM
He got rid of Scott Draper.

11-30-2014, 08:37 PM
He got rid of Scott Draper.

Thanks Scott HK

12-01-2014, 12:05 PM
AO doubles with Hewitt again?

12-01-2014, 09:20 PM
AO doubles with Hewitt again?

LOL - think he made it pretty clear that would never ever happen again.

Fun watching him play IPTL though, mind you absolutely trounced by Philippoussis (in fairness, it was Rafter's third night in a row playing while P was fresh. Bit too much to expect the legends to play more than once in each location in my opinion)!

Another mention of the TA revamp (plus AO heat policy and Newcombe medals with a moment of fame for my blog!) today though:

As minor changes to the Australian Open's contentious extreme heat policy are set to be implemented for the 2015 tournament, a major revamp of Tennis Australia's player development department under new director of performance Patrick Rafter is also well underway.

While current high performance manager Machar Reid and his higher-profile colleague Scott Draper - the manager of developmental tennis and head coach of the AIS and high performance academies - quietly prepare to depart their posts in the coming days, there was no official comment on the extent of the restructure under Rafter, the Davis Cup captain who was a surprise appointment to the key full-time position last month...

12-04-2014, 04:35 PM

12-06-2014, 04:30 AM
I watched 6 points of this clicking in 2 random spots. They were all Rafters serves containing 4 return winners from Ivanisevic, a double fault from Pat and an awkward rally ending in Pat hitting it into the net.
Hope I just have bad timing lol.

12-06-2014, 06:57 AM
I watched 6 points of this clicking in 2 random spots. They were all Rafters serves containing 4 return winners from Ivanisevic, a double fault from Pat and an awkward rally ending in Pat hitting it into the net.
Hope I just have bad timing lol.

I fear not...certainly not as bad as the worst of them (though pretty much impossible to be worse than Agassi in particular!) but the real stars amongst the legends have been Philipoussis and Santoro.

02-08-2015, 01:15 AM
An interesting interview on his approach to his new role in the Oz today, which must be putting the shivers down the backs of many parents/players:

AS Pat Rafter moves on to the most important phase of his tennis career on Monday, he used a personal anecdote to explain why he wanted to curtail what a trusted lieutenant described as a “culture of entitlement” among our most talented youth.

Rafter, a former world No 1 and dual-US Open champion, has piloted Australia back in to the World Group of Davis Cup as team captain, a role he stepped down from on Thursday due to the demands of his new job with Tennis Australia as Director of Tennis.

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But Rafter did not have it easy when he was growing up, as he told The Weekend Australian.

Never assessed among Australia’s elite players as a junior, Rafter used his story as an example of why he believes it is futile to devote significant financial resources to the country’s best primary school and early secondary school kids.

He believes it is only as players reach maturity that their talent can be gauged accurately and, more importantly, their desire to be the best. To place too much emphasis on tennis at the expense of their schooling could prove detrimental. I was never part of the Australian system. I never got the trips away in the first place,” Rafter said.

“When I finished high school, I did a trip with about 12 and we went and played, with a coach, a satellite in Spain.

“Then I spent two months playing in France, driving around in a car, sleeping in tents and people’s backyards, and we played two tournaments a week, grinding on clay, learning how to play on clay, just myself, my brother and a mate. And we pooled all our money and if we could afford to get a hotel for the night, we did, but we learnt how to play and we did it all on our own.

“We had to fight. We had to beg. We had to do everything we could just to get by for two months. It was a great avenue for me to learn, to develop, to grow, to mature.

“You’d call your own lines. You’d get in fights with South Americans. You’re hustling for 50 bucks. It is a pathway which I’d encourage. The American college system is another pathway. They are different avenues (to reach the top).”

Rafter begins his new role at an intriguing time for Australian tennis. The development of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, among others, has created great excitement. But our younger women are not doing quite as well.

Rafter hopes to broaden the pool of youngsters aspiring to reach the top. Broad-based programs such as HotShots and Super10 will continue to ensure tennis is played by schoolkids. But as he fine-tunes his plans in coming months, Rafter wants development dollars spread more evenly to players as they reach the critical stage of their development in the mid-teens to early 20s.

It is something Paul Annacone, a former elite player and renowned coach of players including Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, believes in. Annacone, who is working with Rafter as a consultant, said younger players could become too reliant on receiving funding and support.

“There is not a sole way to do things but there are lots of characteristics that lead to excellence,” Annacone said.

“Let’s be honest. We are not curing cancer here. But this is about excellence, finding ways to afford young players opportunity, not entitlement, and that is a big difference, especially within a federation.

“I saw it in England, I saw it in the US and I have seen it here. Kids start to feel like it is not Tennis Australia, it is The Bank of Australia, and that is something you want to get rid of. You want to make sure that there is an opportunity for kids to play, to get better, to use the resources, but not to keep receiving blank cheques.”

While the vision statement is public, exactly how Rafter will implement it is not yet certain.

Funding for athletes who spend only part of their time working within Tennis Australia is under investigation along with investment in sending younger players to Spain.

Working how best to ensure education remains a priority for emerging players is also important to Rafter.

“It will mould kids, give them a better perspective on life and in turn, I think that will create a better culture and civility between all the coaches, all the groups, all the players,” Rafter said.

“It’ll help the kids not burn out. If I couldn’t do that, I wouldn’t take the job. Kids are kids. We don’t want to put too much emphasis or focus on a select few.

“I think that will then not create so much pressure on those kids, so much focus, until they get older, when they are getting to their last couple of years of school, to when they have finished school, and then we can see who has come out of it.”

With Rafter stepping down as Davis Cup captain, a succession plan of sorts has been implemented, with Wally Masur to take the reigns on an interim basis.

Lleyton Hewitt will assume the captaincy following his retirement following next year’s Australian Open.

Not all have welcomed the process, with Pat Cash and Paul McNamee pondering whether there should have been an application process in said of what the former Wimbledon champion called a “secret handshake”.