Port lure a world-class ten­nis coach on to board

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Port Adelaide have lured a worl­drenowned coach their way, but Ken Hink­ley shouldn’t be wor­ried.

The Power an­nounced on Fri­day that for­mer ten­nis player Darren Cahill — the son of Port Adelaide great John — had been ap­pointed to the AFL club’s board of di­rec­tors.

Cahill won two sin­gles ti­tles and 13 dou­bles crowns be­fore re­tir­ing in 1995.

As a coach, Cahill has helped An­dre Agassi, Lley­ton He­witt and, most re­cently, Si­mona Halep to be­come world No.1s.

Last month, Cahill an­nounced he would take a 12-month break from ten­nis coach­ing to spend more time with his fam­ily.

The de­ci­sion meant he parted ways with Halep, who won the French Open in June un­der his guid­ance.

Port Adelaide chair­man David Koch re­vealed the club had been try­ing to get Cahill to be­come a di­rec­tor for some time.

Cahill had been an am­bas­sador in re­cent years, and felt the time was right to be­come more in­volved.

“I have been close to David Koch for some time and now feels like the right time to take on this chal­lenge at the club that I love,” Cahill said.

The Power fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing 10th in 2018, with their off-sea­son re­cruits tak­ing time to ad­just.

John Cahill was Port’s in­au­gu­ral AFL coach in 1997.

Aus­tralian bats­man Travis Head plays a shot on day two of the first Test.

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