SYDNEY — Former Australian tennis professional Peter Doohan, who played at the University of Arkansas and whose most famous victory was over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, has died
Tennis Australia said in a statement Saturday that Doohan died at age 56.
Doohan was diagnosed nine weeks ago with a particularly aggressive form of what is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
On July 1 he celebrated the 30th anniversary of his victory over Boris Becker in the second round at Wimbledon, which was then considered one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.
Becker was the world No. 1 and tournament favorite while Doohan was ranked 70. He won 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, earning the nickname “the Becker Wrecker.”
At Arkansas, Doohan won an NCAA doubles title and was All-America.