The tennis world is in mourning after the death of Peter McNamara.
The tennis world is in mourning after the death of Peter McNamara.

Tributes flow for tennis great

The international tennis community is mourning the death of former Australian great Peter McNamara.

The former world No.7 lost his battle with prostate cancer on Saturday. He was 64.

The passing of the dual-Wimbledon doubles champion and Australian Davis Cup representative sparked a flood of tributes from tennis luminaries.

 

Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara twice won the Wimbledon doubles title.
Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara twice won the Wimbledon doubles title.

The Victorian, who spent the latter stages of his life in Germany, was an immensely popular figure on both the men's and women's tour.

His refusal to publicly acknowledge he was suffering silently with the killer disease was the talk of January's Australian Open, where he cut a tragically gaunt - but typically elegant - figure as he continued to coach China's Wang Qiang.

Aussie and international tennis identities were shattered at news of his passing, many unaware of how ill he was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut down at his peak as a singles player because of a knee injury, McNamara was a world-class competitor.

In his prime, he beat grand slam champions Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl en route to two of five singles crowns.

He was an Australian Open singles semi-finalist and also reached the last eight at Wimbledon and the French Open.

Renowned for his flair, McNamara was a bona fide star, reaching No.7 in singles and No. 3 in doubles.

 

 

 

Peter McNamara coached Aussie Matt Ebden.
Peter McNamara coached Aussie Matt Ebden.

His collaboration with fellow Victorian Paul McNamee, a partnership dubbed "the SuperMacs", delivered three majors - the 1979 Australian and 1980 and '82 Wimbledon titles.

Forced to retire at only 28 because of his knee injury, McNamara forged an excellent coaching career.

He mentored Mark Philippoussis, Grigor Dimitrov and Matt Ebden before working with China's Wang for four years until February.

Wang rose to the top-20 under McNamara before his illness meant he could no longer travel.

McNamara spent the latter years of his life in Germany with his wife Petra.

 

 

Peter McNamara in action at the Australian Open.
Peter McNamara in action at the Australian Open.
News Corp Australia


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