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Tennis world pays tributes to Peter McNamara

Leye Aduloju in News 22 Jul 2019
McNamara guided Qiang Wang to the top 20.

Tributes have continued to pour in for former ATP top-ten star, Peter McNamara, who passed away on Saturday, aged 64.

Australian, McNamara died in his home in Southofen, southern Germany on Saturday after a long and private battle with prostate cancer.

He is survived by wife, Petra, and two children, Justin and Rochelle.

McNamara won five tour-level singles titles, and reached a career-high No. 5 in the rankings- a mark he attained in March 1983. His best Grand Slam results were semi-final runs at the Australian Open in 1980 and 1982- the year he was named the ATP's Most Improved Player.

He enjoyed a lot more success in doubles, reaching No. 3 in the world in December 1982, and claiming 19 career titles, including three majors. Along with childhood friend and partner, Paul McNamee, McNamara won the Australian Open doubles title in 1979 and added a couple of Wimbledon crowns in 1980 and 1982. He and McGee, dubbed the "Super Macs" formed one of the most formidable doubles partnerships in the early 80s.

McNamara also turned out for Australia in 21 Davis Cup singles and doubles rubbers, helping the country to the title in 1986. He missed out on the 1983 success due to a knee injury which had kept him out of the sport for almost two years.

McNamara retired in 1987, aged 28, and delved into a successful coaching career, which featured stints with Mark Philippousis, Grigor Dimitrov, Matthew Ebden, and WTA star, Qiang Wang, whom he guided into the top-20 before having to leave the job in February this year with his illness preventing him from touring.

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