Retrieved 22 May 2020, 17:48 IST
Former Australian Open champion Ashley Cooper has died at the age of 83.
Cooper, the eight-time main champion throughout the singles and doubles competitions, was battling a long illness.
Patriot Rod Lover wrote on Twitter paying tribute to Cooper: “He was a great champion on and off the court And what a backhand!
“Lots of cherished memories. Say goodbye to my friend. My thoughts are with Ashley’s wife Helen and her family.”
Sad to hear Ashley’s pass sad He was a great champion on and off the court. What’s behind it! Many cherished memories. Welcome friend. My thoughts are with Ashley’s wife, Helen and her family. https://t.co/HeKYuOFINm
– Rod Lover (RedLaver) 22, 2020
Cooper played in the golden age of Australian men’s tennis, winning four major singles titles, including two on home soil.
He won three of the four slams in 1958, the only French Open trophy he played, a year after leading Australia to success in the Davis Cup.
Australia lost to the United States in 1958, and according to Tennis Australia, Cooper tried to move away from a professional contract with Jack Kramer, which he felt was “his country.”
Missy had more than 3,000 well-wishers at her wedding to Helen Wood, ruler of Australia in 1959.
After retiring, Cooper served as administrator of Tennis Queensland and Tennis Australia and was instrumental in the construction of the Queensland Tennis Center, built on the site of an unused power plant.
The current world’s top Ash Barty wrote in his own tribute: “Thank you for everything you have done for our sport. My thoughts are with your family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Ashley.”
A popular member of Australia’s golden generation, Ashley Cooper was a humble Grand Slam champion who had a rich legacy in the sport. pic.twitter.com/IHdvXja2cL
– Tennis Australia (Tennis Australia) 22, 2020