Paul McNamee

Paul McNamee (born 12 November 1954) is an Australian retired tennis player and prominent sports administrator.

Paul McNamee
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McNamee playing tennis in 2011
Full namePaul McNamee
Country (sports)Australia
Born12 November 1954 (age 64)
Melbourne, Australia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1973
Retired1988
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand) *single-handed until 1979[1]
CollegeMonash University
Prize money$1,233,615
Singles
Career record246–225
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 24 (12 May 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1982)
French Open4R (1980)
Wimbledon4R (1982)
US Open2R (1979, 1983, 1984, 1986)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals1R (1983)
Doubles
Career record306–163
Career titles23
Highest rankingNo. 1 (8 June 1981)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1979, 1983)
French OpenSF (1986)
WimbledonW (1980, 1982)
US OpenSF (1980)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1980)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonW (1985)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1983, 1986)

Tennis career

Juniors

In his hometown, McNamee won the Boys' Singles tournament at the 1973 Australian Open.

Pro tour

McNamee is the only player to switch a grip as a professional, changing from a one-handed backhand to two-handed in 1979.[2] He won two singles and twenty-three doubles titles during his professional career. A right-hander, he reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 12 May 1986 when he became the World No. 24. McNamee reached his highest doubles ATP-ranking on 8 June 1981 when he became the World No. 1. McNamee won 24 men's doubles titles including four Grand Slam doubles titles in his career. He won the 1979 Australian Open and the 1980 and 1982 Wimbledon Championships with Peter McNamara and the 1983 Australian Open with Mark Edmondson. He won the Mixed Doubles title in Wimbledon with Martina Navratilova in 1985.

When John McEnroe won Wimbledon in 1984, McNamee was the only player to take a set off McEnroe throughout the entire championship when he won the third set of their first round match.

McNamee was also a member of the Australian Davis Cup Team which won the Davis Cup in 1983 and 1986.

In 1987, McNamee became Melbourne's last officially crowned King of Moomba, subsequently a Moomba Monarch was selected (male Monarchs were popularly, but unofficially, still called King of Moomba).[3]

Sports administrator

McNamee played a key role in the founding of the Hopman Cup international tennis tournament in 1988. He served as Tournament Director of the Hopman Cup and CEO of the Australian Open until 2006.

From 2006 to 2008 he was the Tournament Director for Golf Australia of the Australian Golf Open.[4] He also served as the CEO of the Melbourne Football Club from March to July 2008.[5]

In late 2008, it was revealed that McNamee has joined the push for Australia to field a cycling team at the Tour de France – with support from Cadel Evans as a consultant for Australian Road Cycling, a Melbourne-based consortium.[6]

Career finals

Singles (2 titles, 5 runners-up)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1980 Palm Harbor, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 0–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 1982 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet Argentina Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 1983 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 2–6, 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1983 Brisbane, Australia Carpet Australia Pat Cash 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1986 Nice, France Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1986 St. Vincent, Italy Clay Italy Simone Colombo 6–2, 3–6, 6–7

Doubles (23 titles, 15 runners-up)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1977 Santiago, Chile Clay United States Henry Bunis Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
7–5, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 1979 Nice, France Clay Australia Peter McNamara Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 1979 Cairo, Egypt Clay Australia Peter McNamara India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 1979 Palermo, Italy Clay Australia Peter McNamara Egypt Ismail El Shafei
United Kingdom John Feaver
7–5, 7–6
Winner 4. 1979 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Peter McNamara United States Steve Docherty
United States Christopher Lewis
7–6, 6–3
Winner 5. 1979 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia Peter McNamara Australia Cliff Letcher
Australia Paul Kronk
7–6, 6–2
Winner 6. 1980 Palm Harbor, U.S. Hard Australia Paul Kronk Australia Steve Docherty
Australia John James
6–4, 7–5
Winner 7. 1980 Houston, U.S. Clay Australia Peter McNamara United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1980 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Australia Peter McNamara United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1980 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Sherwood Stewart Australia Rod Frawley
Australia Geoff Masters
2–6, 6–4, 9–11
Winner 8. 1980 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia Peter McNamara United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
7–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 9. 1980 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 1980 Bologna, Italy Carpet United States Steve Denton Hungary Balázs Taróczy
United States Butch Walts
6–2, 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
7–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 1980 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Peter McNamara United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Brian Gottfried
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1980 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia Peter McNamara Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
5–7, 4–6
Winner 11. 1981 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Australia Peter McNamara United States Victor Amaya
United States Hank Pfister
6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 1981 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia Peter McNamara Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 12. 1981 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Australia Peter McNamara Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Mike Estep
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 13. 1981 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Peter McNamara United States Hank Pfister
United States John Sadri
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 8. 1982 Nice, France Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 14. 1982 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Australia Peter McNamara Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1982 Bournemouth, England Clay United Kingdom Buster Mottram France Henri Leconte
Romania Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 16. 1982 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia Peter McNamara United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–3, 6–2
Winner 17. 1983 Memphis, U.S. Carpet Australia Peter McNamara United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 18. 1983 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Brian Gottfried South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 1983 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States Ferdi Taygan United States Mark Dickson
Brazil Cássio Motta
2–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 19. 1983 Brisbane, Australia Carpet Australia Pat Cash Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
7–6, 7–6
Winner 20. 1983 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia Mark Edmondson United States Steve Denton
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–6
Winner 21. 1984 Houston, U.S. Clay Australia Pat Cash United States David Dowlen
Nigeria Nduka Odizor
7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 22. 1984 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay Australia Pat Cash New Zealand Chris Lewis
Australia Wally Masur
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 23. 1984 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Australia Pat Cash South Africa Bernard Mitton
United States Butch Walts
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1984 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia Pat Cash United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 1984 Hong Kong Hard Australia Mark Edmondson United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
7–6, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1985 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet United States Vitas Gerulaitis Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1985 Boston, U.S. Clay Australia Peter McNamara Belgium Libor Pimek
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Živojinović
6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 14. 1986 Fort Myers, U.S. Hard Australia Peter Doohan Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 1986 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Australia Peter McNamara West Germany Boris Becker
Australia John Fitzgerald
4–6, 6–7

References

  1. ^ Chang, Michael and Yorkey, Mike. "Holding Serve: Persevering on and Off the Court", Thomas Nelson Inc, 1 May 2002.
  2. ^ Steinberger, Michael (24 August 2014). "The Death of the One-Handed Backhand". The New York Times Magazine. p. MM40. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen (17 Feb 2006) Moomba: A festival for the people.: "History of Moomba" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2008. PDF pp 17–22
  4. ^ "Sydney to keep Open until 2009", Martin Blake, The Age, 11 February 2007
  5. ^ AAP (2008). McNamee dumped as Demons CEO. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  6. ^ Cadel, McNamee support push for Australian Tour de France team Article.

External links

1979 Australian Open – Men's Doubles

Wojciech Fibak and Kim Warwick were the defending champions.

1980 Australian Open – Men's Doubles

The Men's Doubles tournament at the 1980 Australian Open was held from 26 December 1980 through 4 January 1981 on the outdoor grass courts at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Mark Edmondson and Kim Warwick won the title, defeating Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara in the final.

1980 Grand Prix (tennis)

The 1980 Volvo Grand Prix was a men's professional tennis circuit held that year. It incorporated the four grand slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments. The Grand Prix circuit is a precursor to the ATP Tour.

Volvo became the new tour sponsor of the Grand Prix circuit after Colgate-Palmolive decided to end its sponsorship.

1980 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Peter Fleming and John McEnroe were the defending champions but lost in the semifinals to Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee.

McNamara and McNamee defeated Bob Lutz and Stan Smith in the final, 7–6(7–5), 6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–4 to win the Gentlemen's Doubles title at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.

1981 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee were the defending champions but lost in the semifinals to Bob Lutz and Stan Smith.

Peter Fleming and John McEnroe defeated Lutz and Smith in the final, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 to win the Gentlemen's Doubles title at the 1981 Wimbledon Championships.

1982 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee defeated the defending champions Peter Fleming and John McEnroe in the final, 6–3, 6–2 to win the Gentlemen's Doubles title at the 1982 Wimbledon Championships.

1982 World Championship Tennis circuit

The 1982 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1982. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). On 30 April 1981 WCT announced its withdrawal from the Grand Prix circuit, which it had been incorporated into since 1978, and the establishment of its own full calendar season for 1982. According to WCT owner Lamar Hunt the reasons for the withdrawal were the restrictions placed on them by the Men's Professional Council, the administrators of the Grand Prix circuit. The 1982 WCT circuit consisted of a Spring Tour, with nine tournaments, a Summer/Fall Tour, with five tournaments, and a Winter Tour with six tournaments. Each tour segment had its own finals tournament (Dallas, Naples and Detroit respectively).

Total prize money, including bonuses, for the circuit was $7,933,000 which represented an increase of approximately $5 million compared to 1981.

1983 Australian Open – Men's Doubles

The Men's Doubles tournament at the 1983 Australian Open was held from 29 November through 11 December 1983 on the outdoor grass courts at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Mark Edmondson and Paul McNamee won the title, defeating Steve Denton and Sherwood Stewart in the final.

1983 Davis Cup World Group

The World Group was the highest level of Davis Cup competition in 1983. The first-round losers went into the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, and the winners progress to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinalists were guaranteed a World Group spot for 1984.

1983 Grand Prix (tennis)

The 1983 Volvo Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year. It incorporated the four grand slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments, and two team tournaments (the Davis Cup and the World Team Cup. The circuit was administered by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council (MIPTC).

1983 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee were the defending champions, but McNamara did not compete. McNamee played with Brian Gottfried but lost in the quarterfinals to Anders Järryd and Hans Simonsson.

Peter Fleming and John McEnroe defeated Tim and Tom Gullikson in the final, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 to win the Gentlemen's Doubles title at the 1983 Wimbledon Championships.

1983 World Championship Tennis circuit

The 1983 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1983. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT).

The WCT circuit withdrew from the Grand Prix circuit in 1982 and established its own full calendar season consisting of 20 tournaments. For the 1983 season the WCT circuit was downsized to eight tournaments and ran from January to May.

1984 Davis Cup World Group

The World Group was the highest level of Davis Cup competition in 1984. The first-round losers went into the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, and the winners progress to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinalists were guaranteed a World Group spot for 1985.

1984 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee were the defending champions, but McNamara did not compete. McNamee played with Brian Gottfried but lost in the quarterfinals to Anders Järryd and Hans Simonsson.

Peter Fleming and John McEnroe successfully defended their title, defeating Pat Cash and Paul McNamee in the final, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 to win the Gentlemen's Doubles title at the 1984 Wimbledon Championships.

1985 Davis Cup World Group

The World Group was the highest level of Davis Cup competition in 1985. The first-round losers went into the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, and the winners progress to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinalists were guaranteed a World Group spot for 1986.

1985 Wimbledon Championships – Mixed Doubles

John Lloyd and Wendy Turnbull were the defending champions but lost in the quarterfinals to Mark Edmondson and Kathy Jordan.

Paul McNamee and Martina Navratilova defeated John Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Smylie in the final, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2 to win the Mixed Doubles tennis title at the 1985 Wimbledon Championships.

1986 Davis Cup World Group

The World Group was the highest level of Davis Cup competition in 1986. The first-round losers went into the Davis Cup World Group Relegation Play-offs, and the winners progress to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinalists were guaranteed a World Group spot for 1987.

Mark Edmondson

Mark Edmondson (born June 1954 in Gosford, New South Wales) is a retired Australian professional tennis player.

Edmondson won the 1976 Australian Open while ranked 212th in the world, and remains the lowest-ranked winner of a Grand Slam tournament since the ATP rankings were introduced in 1973. He is the last Australian to date to win the men's singles at the Australian Open.Edmondson's best subsequent performance in Grand Slams was reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1981 and Wimbledon in 1982, which took him to a career-high singles ranking of #15. As a doubles player, he won 34 titles, including five in Grand Slams.

Peter McNamara

Peter McNamara (born 5 July 1955) is an Australian retired tennis player and current professional coach.

McNamara won five singles and nineteen doubles titles during his professional career. A right-hander, McNamara reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 14 March 1983 when he became World No. 7. He is also the former coach of Bulgarian tennis professional Grigor Dimitrov. He currently coaches Australian tennis professional Matthew Ebden and WTA player Qiang Wang.

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