Australian tennis great Peter McNamara dies aged 64

Australian tennis great Peter McNamara dies aged 64

Australian tennis great Peter McNamara has died at age 64, succumbing to his battle with cancer.

The former world number seven won five career singles titles and 19 career doubles titles during his 14-year career from 1974 to 1987.

Mr McNamara won three grand slam titles in his career.

He won the Australian Open doubles title in 1979 with his doubles partner, fellow Australian Paul McNamee, and the Wimbledon doubles title twice, in 1980 and 1982, again with Mr McNamee.

The pair beat fellow Australians Cliff Letcher and Paul Kronk in straight sets to win the Australian Open title in 1979.

In 1980, they beat the USA’s Robert Lutz and Stan Smith in four sets to win the Wimbledon double’s title, while they beat the USA’s Peter Fleming and John McEnroe in straight sets to win the title in 1982.

The highest rank he achieved in doubles was three.

His best grand slam singles finish was the semi-final of the Australian Open in 1980, where he was beaten in four sets by American Brian Teacher.

He also reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1981 and the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1982.

Mr McNamara coached Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Australians Matthew Ebden and Mark Philippoussis, and WTA player Wang Qiang following his retirement.

He died peacefully at his home in Germany on Saturday night.

He is survived by wife Petra, his children and grandchildren.

According to family friend and commentator David Law, Mr McNamara continued to play exhibition matches and coach throughout his illness, with few people ever knowing he was ill.

Many tennis stars and others in the tennis community took to social media to pay tribute to the Australian tennis great, as well as share their memories and give their condolences to his family.

Other tributes were also given across twitter using the hashtag #RIPMacca.

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