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Pat Cash and Mats Wilander celebrate 30 years since epic final

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After their epic five set final at Melbourne Park 30 years ago, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash will return to the courts once again for the Australian Open Legends tournament.

In 1988, the tennis world sat up and took notice of the Australian Open at a brand new venue, then known as Flinders Park, and the final – which Wilander won 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6 – is rated as one of the all-time Grand Slam classics.

Australian Open Legends Tournament Director Todd Woodbridge said Cash and Wilander will be an important part of a huge field of tennis superstars lined up for the AO Legends, many who have had massive success at the Australian Open themselves.

Woodbridge, who also played at Melbourne Park in the first Australian Open at the new venue in 1988, said it was a real coup to have both Cash and Wilander back at Melbourne Park as the Australian Open celebrates 30 years at the iconic venue.

“Having them back on court to celebrate one of the great Australian Open finals will be brilliant,” Woodbridge said.

“Don’t be fooled either, they both still play some very good tennis.”

Cash and Wilander both are very much looking forward to playing again at Melbourne Park, and have warm memories of that classic final that set the new Australian Open on its way.

“I obviously have plenty of memories most of them fond,” Cash said.

“Losing to Wilander in the final was a huge disappointment to me especially after losing the previous year in the final to Edberg, but in retrospect I played really well and just couldn’t pull off the win.

“Playing Pat in the finals on the bicentennial birthday of Australia that day was extremely special,” Wilander said.