Peter Doohan
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Peter Doohan

Peter Doohan
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceNelson Bay, New South Wales
Born(1961-05-02)2 May 1961
Newcastle, New South Wales
Died21 July 2017(2017-07-21) (aged 56)
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$446,667
Career record51-83
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 43 (3 August 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1987)
French Open1R (1986)
Wimbledon4R (1987)
US Open2R (1984)
Career record142-106
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 15 (9 February 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1987)
French Open2R (1989)
WimbledonSF (1984, 1988)
US Open3R (1988, 1990)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1989)
Wimbledon3R (1989)

Peter Doohan (2 May 1961 - 21 July 2017) was an Australian tennis player who won three consecutive Australian Hard Court Championships singles titles (1984, 1985, 1986),[1] which remains an Open era record for that tournament. He won a further two singles titles at the South Australian Open in 1984 and San Louis Potisi tournament in Mexico in 1988. He also won five doubles titles during his career. The right-hander reached his highest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles ranking of world No. 43 in August 1987.


At the 1987 Wimbledon Championships, he unexpectedly defeated two-time defending champion and top-seeded Boris Becker in the second round, earning himself the nickname "The Becker Wrecker" at home in Australia.[2][3][4]

Doohan played collegiately in the United States with the University of Arkansas where he won the NCAA doubles title in 1982. Also a successful singles player, he won three Australian Hard Court Championships consecutively from (1984-1986). In 1984, he won the South Australian Open singles title.[5] In 1988, he won the San Louis Potosi singles title on clay[6] in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He also coached high school tennis at Donoho High School in Anniston, Alabama, for several years in the mid-1990s.[7]

Doohan died on 21 July 2017 from motor neurone disease.[7]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1987 Australian Open Grass Australia Laurie Warder Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
4-6, 4-6, 6-7(3-7)


  1. ^ "Display:Peter Doohan". NSW Government Sporting Hall of Fame, Australia. Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Becker Is Upset at Wimbledon by Unseeded Australian". New York Times. 27 June 1987. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Warren, Dan (23 June 2003). "Wimbledon's greatest shocks". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ Paul Fein (2005). You Can Quote Me on That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights, and Zingers. Potomac Books, Incorporated. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-57488-925-3.
  5. ^ "South Australian Open tournament roll of honour". The Tennis Base. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "1988 San Luis Potosi tournament draw". The Tennis Base. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b "'Becker wrecker': Ex-Aussie tennis player Peter Doohan dies at age 56". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 July 2017.

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