Australian tennis player Peter Doohan dies after a nine-week struggle with motor neurone disease

Australian Peter Doohan, who famously upset Boris Becker at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 56, Tennis Australia(TA) said on Saturday.

AFP July 22, 2017 15:45:19 IST
Australian tennis player Peter Doohan dies after a nine-week struggle with motor neurone disease

Sydney: Australian Peter Doohan, who famously upset Boris Becker at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 56, Tennis Australia(TA) said on Saturday.

Doohan, dubbed the 'Becker Wrecker' after defeating two-time defending champion Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, passed away from motor neurone disease diagnosed just nine weeks ago.

Australian tennis player Peter Doohan dies after a nineweek struggle with motor neurone disease

File image of Peter Doohan. Twitter/@tennisaustralia

Doohan reached a career-high world ranking of 43 and won five titles.

"Peter was unbeaten in Davis Cup representation. He won the South Australian Open singles title and reached No 15 in doubles," TA said in a statement.

"Following his retirement, Peter coached in the United States, after first studying at the University of Arkansas, where he was all-American and a NCAA champion. He returned to live in Australia in 2009."

TA said the tennis community rallied around Doohan with a number of fund raisers during his battle with a particularly aggressive form of motor neurone disease.

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