Australian tennis great Peter McNamara dies aged 64

22 Juillet, 2019, 16:15 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • The Melbourne-born tennis player during a doubles match at the Statoil Masters Tennis in 2014 in London

McNamara got the news from McNamara's wife Petra who said her husband, who turned 64 a few weeks ago, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night.

Prominent Australian tennis coach and TV analyst Roger Rasheed described McNamara as "one of the greats".

The former Australian Davis Cup star has died from cancer.

Melbourne-born McNamara also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open singles in 1980, the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1981 and the French Open last eight in 1982.

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

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McNamara formed a long and successful partnership with McNamee - the pair dubbed the "Super Macs" in Australia - to win the Wimbledon doubles titles in 1980 and '82 and the Australian Open title in 1979.

Family friend David Law said that most people never even knew he was sick.

After retiring in 1987, McNamara turned to coaching and guided the likes of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Australian duo Mark Philippoussis and Mark Ebden and Chinese women's player Wang Qiang.

"Hard to believe that after 50 years of friendship Macca is gone ... you lived life to the full mate and will be missed by your loved ones and many more ... a toast to the great times mate", McNamee wrote on Twitter.

Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou called him "very charismatic, totally passionate about his job".

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