Peter McNamara

  • Age68
  • Born 5 July 1955
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • Playing StatusRetired

McNamara was Australia’s top-ranked player in 1981 and 1982.

He is best remembered for his doubles partnership, dubbed the “SuperMacs”, with Paul McNamee; together they won the Australian Open doubles title in 1979 and the Wimbledon doubles titles in 1980 and 1982.

At his peak, McNamara was one of the most highly regarded doubles players in the world, ranked No.3 in 1981 and No.7 in singles in 1983.

During his singles career, which included five titles, he claimed the scalps of players such as Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

His career, however, was restricted by injury. After winning his last title in Brussels in March 1983, he injured his knee and consequently quit the game after consulting doctors; he was 28 at the time. He decided to make a comeback but won only five more matches on the Tour.

He was known for his flair and gifted shot making.

He played Davis Cup from 1980 to 1982 and 1985 to 1986, recording a 10-11 win–loss history (9-7 singles, 1-4 doubles).

In July 2009 he commenced a role as a coach at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris; in 2013 he worked with Australian top 100 player Matt Ebden.

Peter McNamara in the news

In Memoriam: Peter McNamara
Peter McNamara
22 July, 2019

Peter McNamara is being remembered for his Grand Slam-winning career and lifelong contribution to the sport.
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Ebden wins Nottingham Challenger
Matthew Ebden; Getty Images
10 June, 2013

Matthew Ebden has won the biggest title of his career with victory over Benjamin Becker in Sunday's Aegon Trophy Challenger final in Nottingham.
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Ambitious Ebden aiming high in 2013
Matthew Ebden; Getty Images
18 December, 2012

Having achieved a bundle of career firsts in 2012, Matt Ebden tells that he is looking ahead to even bigger things in the new year.
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Ebden joins forces with McNamara
16 December, 2012

Australian legend Peter McNamara has joined forces with tennis ace Matt Ebden in the lead-up to the Australian summer of tennis.
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