Aus­tralia’s Doohan dies af­ter short ill­ness

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SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian Peter Doohan, who fa­mously up­set Boris Becker at Wim­ble­don, has died at the age of 56, Ten­nis Aus­tralia said yes­ter­day. 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. 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.” Becker paid trib­ute to Doohan, who knocked out the Ger­man de­fend­ing cham­pion, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in one of the big­gest up­sets in Wim­ble­don’s his­tory. — AFP

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