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Australian tennis legend passes away aged 64

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.

Melbourne-born McNamara retired in 1987 and enjoyed a successful coaching career.

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.

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.