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Pat Cash blasts tennis chiefs over 'failure to probe allegations of sex abuse'

The Australian star, 52, claimed a female friend reported being sexually abused by a “predator” coach who is still working today and branded the Lawn Tennis Association a “disgrace”

Wimbledon great Pat Cash has accused tennis chiefs of failing to probe allegations of sexual abuse in the game for more than a decade.

The Australian star, 52, claimed a female friend reported being sexually abused by a “predator” coach who is still working today.

Cash, who beat Ivan Lendl in the 1987 Wimbledon final, branded the Lawn Tennis Association a “disgrace” and urged the police and senior figures to re-open a probe.

Cash wrote on Twitter: “#LTA #disgrace. 14 YEARS AGO my close friend reported coaches sexual abuse to LTA. Nothing happened! Why??”

He added: “Will @BritishTennis and /or police open up the investigation as to why my friends (and other girls’ claims) were swept under carpet 14 years ago? This predator is still coaching.”

Cash says the claims of a friend were ignored 14 years ago (Image: Getty)
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Cash also highlighted the case of Daniel Sanders, who was jailed for six years after admitting eight counts of sexual activity with a child.

The LTA was forced to apologise for not protecting children after Sanders, 42, “took advantage” of the girl during a six-month period.

The sport’s governing body said the actions they had taken to safeguard young players were “not enough” and an independent inquiry into the incident was taking place.

Sanders, who once partnered Tim Henman in doubles, played his last professional match in 1996.

He then began a coaching career in his native Wrexham and later moved to Merriott, Somerset. In July, Mold crown court heard the father-of-three had coached the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for several years.

He abused her in his office and in hotels when he accompanied her to tournaments.

Jailing him, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “This was just lust, plain and simple.”

The LTA have said they urge anyone with concerns to report them to a dedicated safeguarding unit.

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