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Paul McNamee

Paul McNamee
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McNamee playing tennis in 2011
Full name Paul McNamee
Country 23x15px Australia
Born (1954-11-12) 12 November 1954 (age 65)
Melbourne, Australia
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Turned pro 1973
Retired 1988
Plays

Right-handed (2-handed backhand)

*single-handed until 1979[1]
College Monash University
Prize money $1,233,615
Singles
Career record 246–225
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 24 (12 May 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1982)
French Open 4R (1980)
Wimbledon 4R (1982)
US Open 2R (1979, 1983, 1984, 1986)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals 1R (1983)
Doubles
Career record 306–163
Career titles 23
Highest ranking No. 1 (8 June 1981)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1979, 1983)
French Open SF (1986)
Wimbledon W (1980, 1982)
US Open SF (1980)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (1980)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1985)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1983, 1986)

Paul McNamee (born 12 November 1954, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a retired Australian tennis player and prominent sports administrator.

Tennis career

Juniors

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

Pro tour

McNamee 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. 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).[2]

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.[3] He also served as the CEO of the Melbourne Football Club from March to July 2008.[4]

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.[5]

ATP Tour

Singles titles (2)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1980 Palm Harbor, U.S. Hard 23x15px Stan Smith 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 0–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 1982 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 1983 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px Ivan Lendl 2–6, 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1983 Brisbane, Australia Carpet 23x15px Pat Cash 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1986 Nice, France Clay 23x15px Emilio Sánchez 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1986 St. Vincent, Italy Clay 23x15px Simone Colombo 6–2, 3–6, 6–7

Doubles titles (23)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1977 Santiago, Chile Clay 23x15px Henry Bunis 23x15px Patricio Cornejo
23x15px Jaime Fillol
7–5, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 1979 Nice, France Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 1979 Cairo, Egypt Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara Template:Country data IND Anand Amritraj
Template:Country data IND Vijay Amritraj
7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 1979 Palermo, Italy Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Ismail El Shafei
23x15px John Feaver
7–5, 7–6
Winner 4. 1979 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Steve Docherty
23x15px John Chris Lewis
7–6, 6–3
Winner 5. 1979 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Cliff Letcher
23x15px Paul Kronk
7–6, 6–2
Winner 6. 1980 Palm Harbor, U.S. Hard 23x15px Paul Kronk 23x15px Steve Docherty
23x15px John James
6–4, 7–5
Winner 7. 1980 Houston, U.S. Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Marty Riessen
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1980 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Peter Fleming
23x15px John McEnroe
2–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1980 London/Queen's Club, England Grass 23x15px Sherwood Stewart 23x15px Rod Frawley
23x15px Geoff Masters
2–6, 6–4, 9–11
Winner 8. 1980 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
7–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 9. 1980 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet 23x16px Heinz Günthardt 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 1980 Bologna, Italy Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Balázs Taróczy
23x15px Butch Walts
6–2, 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x16px Heinz Günthardt 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
7–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 1980 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Vitas Gerulaitis
23x15px Brian Gottfried
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1980 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Kim Warwick
5–7, 4–6
Winner 11. 1981 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Victor Amaya
23x15px Hank Pfister
6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 1981 Hamburg, Germany Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Hans Gildemeister
23x15px Andrés Gómez
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 12. 1981 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Mike Estep
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 13. 1981 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Hank Pfister
23x15px John Sadri
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 8. 1982 Nice, France Clay 23x15px Balázs Taróczy 23x15px Henri Leconte
23x15px Yannick Noah
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 14. 1982 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1982 Bournemouth, England Clay 23x15px Buster Mottram 23x15px Henri Leconte
23x15px Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 16. 1982 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Peter Fleming
23x15px John McEnroe
6–3, 6–2
Winner 17. 1983 Memphis, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Tim Gullikson
23x15px Tom Gullikson
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 18. 1983 London/Queen's Club, England Grass 23x15px Brian Gottfried 23x15px Kevin Curren
23x15px Steve Denton
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 1983 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay 23x15px Ferdi Taygan 23x15px Mark Dickson
23x15px Cassio Motta
2–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 19. 1983 Brisbane, Australia Carpet 23x15px Pat Cash 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Kim Warwick
7–6, 7–6
Winner 20. 1983 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass 23x15px Mark Edmondson 23x15px Steve Denton
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–6
Winner 21. 1984 Houston, U.S. Clay 23x15px Pat Cash 23x15px David Dowlen
23x15px Nduka Odizor
7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 22. 1984 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay 23x15px Pat Cash 23x15px Chris Lewis
23x15px Wally Masur
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 23. 1984 London/Queen's Club, England Grass 23x15px Pat Cash 23x15px Bernard Mitton
23x15px Butch Walts
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1984 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Pat Cash 23x15px Peter Fleming
23x15px John McEnroe
2–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 1984 Hong Kong Hard 23x15px Mark Edmondson 23x15px Ken Flach
23x15px Robert Seguso
7–6, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1985 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px Vitas Gerulaitis 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1985 Boston, U.S. Clay 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Libor Pimek
23x15px Slobodan Živojinović
6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 14. 1986 Fort Myers, U.S. Hard 23x15px Peter Doohan 23x15px Andrés Gómez
23x15px Ivan Lendl
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 1986 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) 23x15px Peter McNamara 23x15px Boris Becker
23x15px 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. ^ Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen (17 Feb 2006) Moomba: A festival for the people.: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/rsrc/PDFs/Moomba/History%20of%20Moomba.pdf PDF pp 17–22
  3. ^ "Sydney to keep Open until 2009", , Martin Blake, The Age, 11 February 2007
  4. ^ AAP (2008). McNamee dumped as Demons CEO. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  5. ^ Cadel, McNamee support push for Australian Tour de France team Article.

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