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So Much Love For Aussie Tennis Legend Peter McNamara, Dead At 64

Most people never even knew he was sick.

But Aussie tennis champ Peter McNamara quietly battled with prostate cancer, and passed away peacefully at his home in Germany on the weekend. He was 64.

McNamara will not quite go down as one of the all-time greats of Australian tennis, but he will definitely go down as one of the all-time great blokes, coaches and mentors.

The Melbourne-born right-hander came to prominence as a player in the late '70s and early '80s, and climbed to number seven in the world after reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon, and the semis of the Australian Open.

But it was as a doubles player that he really made his name.

Long before Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde became household names in Australia as "The Woodies", we had the "Super Macs" -- consisting of McNamara and Paul McNamee -- who won two Wimbledons and an Australian Open together.

As Todd Woodbridge wrote today, the Super Macs were his early inspiration.

While Paul MccNamee went on to become CEO of The Australian Open, McNamara moved on to tennis coaching later in life.

It was in this sphere that he arguably played his greatest matches in life, coaching -- among others -- two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis.

McNamara was still coaching right at this year's Australian Open in January, where he looked gaunt, but never discussed his illness.

The photo below shows him in September last year, coaching Chinese player Wang Qiang at a tournament in China.

(Photo by VCG)

Family friend David Law said that most people never even knew he was sick.

McNamara is survived by his wife Petra, his children and his grandchildren.