Port lure a world-class tennis coach on to board
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.