Australian tennis legend passes away aged 64
Former Australian Davis Cup tennis star Peter McNamara has died aged 64.
“Macca,” who reached a career-high number seven in the world in 1983, left a memorable mark when he beat two all-time greats Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl to win two of his five singles titles.
Peter McNamara, 2014.
However, what the tennis star was perhaps most highly regarded for was his doubles partnership with Paul McNamee – the duo went on to win Wimbledon twice in 1980 and 1982 as well as the Australian Open in 1979.
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 pic.twitter.com/0RVbCD6ZRd
— Paul McNamee (@PaulFMcNamee) July 21, 2019
Melbourne-born McNamara retired in 1987 and enjoyed a successful coaching career.
So saddened to wake up to the news of Peter McNamara’s passing overnight. A great player, great coach that improved every player he worked with, and gun of a person. Big hugs to his family, friends and of course, his great mate @PaulFMcNamee #RIPMacca 😔 pic.twitter.com/CeFBai2jYI
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) July 21, 2019
He coached Mark Philippoussis and guided Grigor Dimitrov in his formative years. More recently, he coached Matt Ebden and Wang Qiang.
Until February, McNamara worked with Qiang and helped her to reach the world’s top 20 in their four-year partnership.
The Aussie legend died peacefully at his home in Germany on Saturday night after a long and brave battle with prostate cancer.
David Law, commentator and long-time friend of the tennis star and coach said McNamara went on to compete in exhibition matches and coach throughout his illness without many people ever knowing about his personal health issues.
So sad to wake up & hear the news of Peter McNamara’s passing 😢 he was always one of the coaches I could sit down with on tour & be able to have a great chat with. Mostly about life & our kids. I will never forgot him telling me to live my life & be happy with who I am #RIPMacca
— Casey Dellacqua OLY (@caseydellacqua) July 21, 2019
McNamara is survived by his wife Petra, his children and grandchildren.
The tennis world took to social media to voice their love and admiration of the late tennis legend.
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) July 21, 2019
Peter McNamara was one of the greats, a great person. He gave his all to everything he did, respected life & always had a smile & time for you. He’s someone you wanted to be in the trenches with. He fought in silence and now he can rest peacefully . #RIPMacca
— roger rasheed (@roger_rasheed) July 21, 2019
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) July 21, 2019