Wimbledon champion Peter McNamara dies at the age of 64

Former Australian tennis star and Wimbledon doubles champion Peter McNamara has died at the age of 64.

The Melbourne-born player won five singles titles and 19 doubles titles during his career, reaching a high of No 7 in the world in singles in 1983 and No 3 in doubles in 1982.

Forming a successful partnership with fellow Australian Paul McNamee, the pair clinched the Wimbledon doubles trophy in 1980 and 1982, as well as the Australian Open championship in 1979.

McNamara turned his hand to coaching following his retirement, working with the likes of Mark Philippoussis, Grigor Dimitrov and more recently with rising star Wang Qiang.

According to commentator and friend David Law, McNamara died peacefully at home in Germany after suffering from prostate cancer.

He had continued to play exhibition matches and coach throughout his illness, with few people knowing of his diagnosis, he added.

As news of his death broke, stars of the sport both past and present paid tribute to a man described by Tennis Australia as “a much-loved and respected member of our tennis family”.

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