Australian doubles star Peter McNamara, who won three Grand Slam doubles titles with fellow countrymen Paul McNamee, is dead at the age of 64.
McNamara died at his home in Germany as the result of prostate cancer, as confirmed by family friend and tennis coordinator David Law on behalf of McNamara’s wife, Petra.
McNamara and McNamee won Wimbledon doubles titles in 1980 and 1982, along with the Australian Open title back in 1979, and the two were dubbed the “Super Macs” due to their long-tenured success as a team.
“Hard to believe that after 50 years of friendship Macca is gone … you lived life to the full mate and will be missed,” McNamee said on social media.
McNamara also won five singles titles, reaching the Australian Open singles semifinals in 1980, the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1981 and the last eight at the 1982 French Open.
However, McNamara’s career was cut short following a knee injury that forced an end to his career at the age of just 28.
McNamara was universally respected around the tennis community and following his playing career he went on to coach, including rising women’s star Qiang Wang out of China.