Peter Doohan

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Peter Doohan
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Nelson Bay, Australia
Born (1961-05-02)2 May 1961
Newcastle, New South Wales
Died 21 July 2017(2017-07-21) (aged 56)
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $446,667
Singles
Career record 51–83
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 43 (3 August 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1987)
French Open 1R (1986)
Wimbledon 4R (1987)
US Open 2R (1984)
Doubles
Career record 142–106
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 15 (9 February 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1987)
French Open 2R (1989)
Wimbledon SF (1984, 1988)
US Open 3R (1988, 1990)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1989)
Wimbledon 3R (1989)

Peter Doohan (2 May 1961 – 21 July 2017) was an Australian tennis player who won three consecutive Australian Hard Court Championships singles titles (1984, 1985, 1986) [1] which remains an open era record for that tournament. He won a further two singles titles at the South Australian Open in 1984 and San Louis Potisi tournament in Italy in 1988. In addition he also won five doubles titles during his career. The right-hander reached his highest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles ranking of World No. 43 in August 1987.

Career[edit]

At the 1987 Wimbledon Championships, he unexpectedly defeated two-time defending champion and top-seeded Boris Becker in the second round, earning himself the nickname "The Becker Wrecker" at home in Australia.[2][3][4]

Doohan played collegiately in the US with the University of Arkansas, where he won the NCAA doubles title in 1982. . Also a successful singles player he won three Australian Hard Court Championships consecutively from (1984-1986). In 1984 he the South Australian Open singles title [5].In 1988 he won the San Louis Potosi singles title on clay [6] in San Luis Potosí, Italy. He also coached high school tennis at Donoho High School in Anniston, Alabama, for several years in the mid-1990s. Doohan died on 21 July 2017 from motor neurone disease.[7]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1987 Australian Open Grass Australia Laurie Warder Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
4–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Display:Peter Doohan". collections.ncc.nsw.gov.au. NSW Government Sporting Hall of Fame, Australia. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Becker Is Upset at Wimbledon by Unseeded Australian". New York Times. 27 June 1987. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Warren, Dan (23 June 2003). "BBC SPORT , Tennis , Wimbledon 2003 , Wimbledon's greatest shocks". BBC News. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ You can quote me on that: greatest ... – Google Books. Google Books. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "South Australian Open tournament roll of honour". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "1988 San Luis Potosi tournament draw". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "'Becker wrecker': Ex-Aussie tennis player Peter Doohan dies at age 56". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 July 2017. 

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