Roger was born in Adelaide, Australia. He is of Lebanese origin. His first career was football, which he had started playing at the age of five. After winning a school tournament in tennis at the age of twelve, he started playing tennis as well. At the age of fifteen, he went to Newks Tennis Ranch where he trained with John Newcombe, who made him the Number One Australian junior tennis player at the age of sixteen. The same year he qualified for the Australian Open as the youngest player ever, only to be eclipsed by his former pupil Lleyton Hewitt.
Rasheed’s tennis career was plagued by major back problems which continue to exist and by 1992 the ongoing injury forced him into early retirement. He went back to his native South Australia and played league football with the football club Sturt.
Roger started coaching on the ATP Tour in 2002 with Australia’s great Lleyton Hewitt. They worked together until 2007. From 2008 to 2011 Rasheed coached French acrobat Gael Monfils to a career high no. 7. Roger then went on to coach another French star in Jo-Wilfred Tsonga with success followed by the young talent of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov which he transformed into a top 8 player. Dimitroc won 4 titles in the first 12 months. had a quarter final appearance in Australia and a Wimbledon semi finals appearance in 2014. Roger is a highly respected international tennis coach as well as a physical strength/conditioner coach who believes in treating your tennis environment at the elite level of an A LIST business, leaving nothing behind while you work on achieving your own personal greatness.
Lleyton Hewitt | Grigor Dimitrov | Gael Monfils | Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Roger frequently works as an expert commentator at the Grand Slams for the Ch 7 network, the Fox Sports network in Australia, and frequently appears on the Tennis Channel in the USA. His media presence continues all year round via multi radio networks in Australia and around the globe.