A great Australian story of sport, mateship and being a maverick.
Paul McNamee is a legendary figure in Australian tennis. From his early days as a talented Melbourne teenager, McNamee became a top international player, conquering Wimbledon and the Australian Open with his doubles partner, Peter McNamara. Along the way he shared a court with such luminaries as Rod Laver, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.
as the driving force behind the Hopman Cup and the reinvention of the Australian Open, and as a coach. This is his story - candid, compelling and insightful - of an ever-changing life in tennis.
Paul McNamee AM is the only player to have changed from a one-handed to a two-handed backhand midcareer. He became the Australian number one in singles, reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open, and in doubles won five Grand Slam titles and held the world number-one ranking. He is credited with invigorating the Australian Open, positioning it as the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific and instigating the night final - the highest rating show in Australian television history. As co-founder of the Hopman Cup, Paul helped turn the tournament into a prestigious international event. He is a professorial fellow at Monash University.
'McNamee is one of the most vibrant and ambitious minds in tennis. It's an indisputable fact.' Australian