4-Time Singles Grand Slam Champion Ashley Cooper Passes Away

Published 05/22/2020, 8:14 AM EDT


Eight-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1, Ashley Cooper passed away at the age of 83, announced Tennis Australia on Friday.

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Cooper was a part of the golden era and he clinched four Grand Slam singles titles (2 Australian Open, 1 Wimbledon, and 1 US Open). Moreover, he also won four Grand Slam doubles titles in the amateur era. In 1958, Cooper claimed three of the four Majors.

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“Ashley Cooper was a giant” – Tennis Australia

Cooper was widely recognized as the world’s best amateur player in 1957 and 1958. However, a back injury ended his professional career in 1959. Nevertheless, Cooper did not leave the sport and started a business and work as an administrator in tennis. After serving the sport for such a time, Cooper passed away today due to a long illness.

“Ashley was a giant of the game both as a brilliant player and an astute administrator and he will be greatly missed,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said in a statement.

“His contribution to the sport went far beyond his exploits on the tennis court. His rich legacy includes the magnificent Queensland Tennis Centre, a project he was passionate about, nurturing the development from the very beginning, and resulting in the return of world-class international tennis to Brisbane,”  he added.

Tiley also revealed that Ashley was the most humble of champions and a great family man. He expressed his thoughts for his wife Helen and his family, along with his wide and international circle of friends, including so many of our tennis family.

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“On a personal note, Ash was instrumental in our family moving to Australia and for that we will be forever grateful. He was a very humble advisor and a great supporter of our transformation of Australian tennis. I will miss him,” he concluded.

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The passing away of Cooper has certainly left a void in the tennis world. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with Ashley’s family.

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