Darren Cahill is a former tennis player who is currently working as a tennis analyst for the Grand Slam Events. Cahill is also a coach at the Adidas Player Development Program. In 2018, he coached Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and Simona Halep, who all became former World Number 1 in tennis. Cahill is the son of Hall of Famer John Cahill, who holds one of the most successful coaching records. Cahill is married to Victoria in 2000 and both of them have children named Benjamin and Tahlia.
Cahill’s Career as a Player
Cahill was a successful tennis player on his terms, as he had reached World Number 22 on Singles and World Number 10 on Doubles. At 19 years old, he debuted as a professional tennis player and won his first tour doubles at the Melbourne Outdoor tournament.
One of his notable performances was during the 1988 US Open where he defeated Lawson Duncan, Aaron Krickstein, and Boris Becker so he could reach the semi-finals. However, he wasn’t able to reach the finals because he lost to Mats Wilander. In 1989, he partnered with Mark Kratzmann for the men’s doubles at the Australian open, and they finished as runner-ups.
In 1989, he reached his career-high ranking World Number 10 at the men’s double, while being World Number 22 at the men’s single. After getting chronic injuries, he decided to retire as a tennis player, then shifted to coaching instead.
Coaching and Media Career
Cahill was no different than his father, as they were both successful in coaching. After retiring, he decided to coach and guide Lleyton Hewitt since he was 12 years old. After coaching Hewitt, he also trained Andre Agassi, who became the oldest player to become World Number 1 in 2003.
He also trained Simona Halep and became an active supporter of Halep’s foundation to aid underprivileged children in Romania. Currently, Cahill works as an on-camera tennis analyst for ESPN tennis and C7 Australia.
- 2001 US Open Champion
- 2003 Australian Open Champion
- 2018 French Open Champion