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Former Australian champion Peter McNamara passes away

Former Australian champion Peter McNamara passes away

Former Australian tennis champion Peter McNamara, a popular player who has won doubles among three other Grand Slam tournaments, has died at age 64 of prostate cancer.

“We are so saddened to learn of the death of Peter McNamara, a highly valued and respected member of our tennis family,” said the Australian Federation. “His contribution to our sport as a player, coach and mentor will never be forgotten.”

The Australian won five titles in the 1970s and 1980s, reaching 7th in the world singles rankings.

But he was best known for his doubles partnership with fellow countryman Paul McNamee, alongside whom he won Wimbledon twice (1980 and 1982), and the Australian Open in 1979.

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After hanging up the racket, Peter McNamara coached Mark Philippoussis and Grigor Dimitrov, before working with China’s Wang Qiang.

«RIP Peter McNamara. One of the good guys in tennis, ”Boris Becker tweeted. AFP

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