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Former World Number Seven, Peter McNamara Passes Away at 64

Former World Number Seven, Peter McNamara Passes Away at 64

Former World Number seven tennis player, Peter McNamara battled with prostate cancer, and he passed away peacefully in Germany on July 21, 2019. The Australian tennis player was 64 years old. He was an inspirational coach and a dedicated professional. 

Peter McNamara was the coach for the Chinese tennis player, Wang Qiang. She is presently ranked 14th on the WTA list. “I’m like a grandfather to her. She can’t get rid of me, and the thing is I wouldn’t go to anyone else,” McNamara once mentioned about Qiang. Also, Peter McNamara has coached Mark Philippoussis and Grigor Dimitrov, and Matthew Ebden.

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Peter McNamara and Wang Qiang

On the singles tour, Peter McNamara reached the semifinals of his home-country Slam, Australian Open in 1980 and 1982. He reached the quarters at Wimbledon and Roland-Garros in 1981 and 1982 respectively. Besides that, he has won five ATP singles titles.

“Peter was a hero of mine,” Pat Cash, McNamara’s compatriot said. “In fact, I ball boy-ed for him in a state final in Melbourne when I was a kid. He was someone I looked up to as he was the top Australian at the time. We were so proud that a fellow Melbournian had to crack the Top 10 in 1981.”

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Peter McNamara and Paul Mcnamee, Wimbledon

His doubles tandem with Paul McNamee resulted to be best doubles teams of the early 1980s. They won the Australian Open 1979 and Wimbledon in 1980 and 1982. And together they have won 14 titles on the ATP Tour.

McNamara’s highest ranking in doubles was World Number three and he has collected 19 titles on the doubles circuit. After their service to the ATP Tour, McNamee became the CEO of the Australian Open and McNamara indulged himself in coaching endeavours.

“The family is incredibly proud of Peter’s achievements, but most of all the strength and determination he showed in his battle with cancer,” Peter Fleming said. “For more than 10 years he kept it discreet and never allowed it to stop him from doing what he loved to play tennis. Macca was one of the most talented players of our era and a fierce competitor. More importantly, he had a heart of gold, a great friend to a lot of people.”

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