‘Becker Wrecker’ dies af­ter ill­ness

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Aus­tralian Peter Doohan, who fa­mously upset Boris Becker at Wim­ble­don, has died at the age of 56, Ten­nis Aus­tralia 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. Doohan reached a ca­reer-high world rank­ing of 43 and won five ti­tles. 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. "My heart­felt con­do­lences to the fam­ily of #PeterDoohan! The ten­nis fra­ter­nity lost a great guy and won­der­ful player," Becker said on so­cial me­dia.

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