Darren Cahill (born 2 October 1965 in Adelaide, Australia) 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.



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 Boris Becker in the second round 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 1994.


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. 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. He is also an Adidas talent scout and works with promising junior players worldwide.[3]

In addition to coaching individual players, Cahill was the Australian Davis Cup coach from 2007 until February 2009. With Roger Rasheed, Brad Gilbert, and Paul Annacone, Cahill is a coach at ProTennisCoach.com, an open-access, professional coaching website.


Since 2007, Cahill is a tennis analyst for the global sports network ESPN for the four major tennis Grand Slams: the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. He also works for the Australian television network Channel 7 for the Hopman Cup and Australian Open.[4]

Personal life

Darren is the son of Australian rules football player and coach John Cahill. His nickname is Killer.

He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder[5] and is now a member of the Adidas Player Development Program.

Grand Slam finals

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)

Runner-up1987WimbledonGrassAustralia Nicole ProvisUnited Kingdom Jo Durie
United Kingdom Jeremy Bates
6–7(10–12), 3–6

Career finals

Singles 4 (3-1)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters Series (0–0)
ATP World Series since 1990 (1–1)
ATP International Series since 1990 (0-0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1-0)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (1-0)
Winner1.10 August 1987New Haven, ConnecticutHardUnited States Dan Cassidy6-0, 6-3
Winner2.4 July 1988Gstaad, SwitzerlandClaySwitzerland Jakob Hlasek6-3, 6-4, 7-6
Runner-up1.9 July 1990Newport, Rhode IslandGrassSouth Africa Pieter Aldrich6–7, 6-1, 1-6
Winner3.4 February 1991San Francisco, CaliforniaCarpetUnited States Brad Gilbert6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles: 20 (13-7)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters Series (1-1)
ATP World Series since 1990 (3-3)
ATP International Series since 1990 (0-0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (8-4)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (5-1)
Carpet (0–2)
Winner1.23 December 1985Melbourne, AustraliaGrassAustralia Peter CarterUnited States Brett Dickinson
Argentina Roberto Saad
7-6, 6-1
Runner-up1.9 Jun 1986Queen's Club, London, EnglandGrassAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Kevin Curren
France Guy Forget
2-6, 6-7
Runner-up2.13 September 1987Bordeaux, FranceClayAustralia Mark WoodfordeSpain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
3-6, 3-6
Winner2.12 October 1987Sydney Indoor, Sydney, AustraliaHard (i)Australia Mark KratzmannGermany Boris Becker
United States Robert Seguso
6-3, 6-2
Winner3.28 December 1987Adelaide, AustraliaHardAustralia Mark KratzmannAustralia Carl Limberger
Australia Mark Woodforde
4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Winner4.4 January 1988Sydney Outdoor, Sydney, AustraliaGrassAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Joey Rive
United States Bud Schultz
7-6, 6-4
Winner5.25 April 1988Hamburg, GermanyGrassAustralia Laurie WarderUnited States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6-4, 6-4
Winner6.10 October 1988Sydney Indoor, Sydney, AustraliaHard (i)Australia John FitzgeraldUnited States Marty Davis
Australia Brad Drewett
6-3, 6-2
Winner7.9 January 1989Sydney Outdoor, Sydney, AustraliaHardAustralia Wally MasurSouth Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6-4, 6-3
Runner-up3.16 January 1989Australian Open, Melbourne, AustraliaHardAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
4-6, 4-6, 4-6
Winner8.12 June 1989Queen's Club, London, EnglandGrassAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Tim Pawsat
Australia Laurie Warder
7-6, 6-3
Winner9.2 October 1989Brisbane, AustraliaHardAustralia Mark KratzmannAustralia Broderick Dyke
Australia Simon Youl
6-4, 5-7, 6-0
Runner-up4.9 October 1989Sydney Indoor, Sydney, AustraliaHard (i)Australia Mark KratzmannUnited States Scott Warner
United States David Pate
3-6, 7-6, 5-7
Winner10.26 February 1990Memphis, TennesseeHard (i)Australia Mark KratzmannGermany Udo Riglewski
Germany Michael Stich
7-5, 6-2
Winner11.9 September 1990Newport, Rhode IslandGrassAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Todd Nelson
United States Bryan Shelton
7-6, 6-2
Winner12.6 October 1990Cincinnati, OhioHardAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Gary Muller
7-6, 6-2
Runner-up5.29 October 1990Paris, FranceCarpetAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
7-5, 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up6.7 January 1991Sydney Outdoor, Sydney, AustraliaHardAustralia Mark KratzmannUnited States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
6–3, 3-6, 2-6
Winner13.10 January 1994Sydney Outdoor, Sydney, AustraliaHardAustralia Sandon StolleAustralia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Laurie Warder
6–1, 7-6
Runner-up7.31 January 1994Dubai, United Arab RepublicHardAustralia John FitzgeraldAustralia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7-6, 4-6, 2-6