The tennis world is in mourning after learning of the passing of former player and coach Peter McNamara.


On Sunday, the tennis world learnt that former great and coach Peter McNamara had passed away at the age of 64 after a battle against cancer. Loved by everyone, the messages poured in memory of the Aussie, both by his contemporaries and by the actual generation of players.

The most touching of them came from his former partner and great friend, Paul McNamee with whom, in the 1980’s, he was part of the “Super Macs”, one of the best doubles teams of the time:

Peter McNamara in numbers

Born in Melbourne, Australia, on the 5th of July, 1955, Peter McNamara has been one of the best players of the end of the 1970’s and early 1980’s.

In a time dominated by the likes of John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Jimmy Connors, Pancho Gonzalez, and many more legends of the game, the Aussie still managed to become one of the great players of the time.

In singles, he reached a career high of number 7 in 1983, winning five titles. However, it was in doubles that he made his fame, alongside countryman Paul McNamee, with whom he won 15 of his 19 titles, including three Grand Slams (Australian Open in 1979, Wimbledon in 1980 and 1982). He reached the third spot of the world rankings of that speciality back in 1982.

A world renowned coach

If Peter McNamara retired rather young from the game at the age of 28, he afterwards had a great reputation as a coach.

Over the years, he worked with players such as Mark Philippoussis and Grigor Dimitrov. He also worked with fellow Aussie Matthew Ebden.

Until his illness prevented him from travelling in February, he helped Wang Qiang break into the top 20 of the WTA.

Furthermore, many are the players who remember “Macca” for his humour, his personality, and the advice he has given them. He was a great in many ways and tennis will always remember him.

In reference: ATP Tour player obituary

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