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Former Australian tennis star Peter McNamara dies

News24
22 Jul 2019, 16:13 GMT+10

Sydney - Former Australian Davis Cup tennis star and Wimbledon doubles champion Peter McNamara has died aged 64, officials said on Monday, prompting a flood of tributes.

McNamara, a popular figure on the men's and women's tours, reportedly succumbed to prostate cancer.

"We are all so sad to hear of the passing of Peter McNamara, a much-loved and respected member of our tennis family," Tennis Australia said.

"His contribution to the sport as a player, coach and mentor will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

McNamara reached a career-high world number seven in singles, winning five titles, but was perhaps best known for his doubles partnership alongside fellow Australian Paul McNamee.

The duo twice won Wimbledon, in 1980 and 1982, as well as the 1979 Australian Open.

McNamee tweeted.

he said.

After his retirement from playing, McNamara moved into coaching, mentoring Mark Philippoussis and Grigor Dimitrov, before working with China's Wang Qiang.

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

"He did an incredible job with Grigor Dimitrov helping his transitions to the pros," he added.

Boris Becker tweeted: , while Simona Halep's former coach Darren Cahill called him .

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