Sporting Person: DOOHAN, PETER, Tennis
|Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame
IF ever a player brought Newcastle to the attention of the tennis world it was Peter Doohan.
The year was 1987 and the occasion was the Wimbledon singles tournament.
In an apparent David v Goliath contest Doohan eliminated the top seed and defending champion Boris Becker.
As a result of reaching the round of 16 Doohan became the first sports person to be given a civic reception from Newcastle City Council.
Tennis has played a major role in Doohans life since his teenage years.
He lived in Hamilton until taking up a scholarship at the University of Arkansas (USA) from 1980 to 1983.
His tennis potential had been evident when he won the Australian Schoolboys title in 1977 and represented his country in the international Galea Cup in 1979.
While at Arkansas he won two All-American (AA) singles titles (1982-83) and four AA doubles championships (1980-83) in national collegiate competitions.
After his stay in the US Doohan won the Australian hardcourt title a record three times (1984-86), the South Australian singles crown in 1984 and was a finalist in several other State and national singles and doubles championships.
He was a semi-finalist in the Wimbledon doubles in 1985-87-88 and represented Australia in Davis Cup ties throughout 1987, holding an unbeaten record in doubles rubbers against Yugoslavia, Mexico and India.
He gained a play-off position in the world doubles championship in 1987 and earned an ATP player of the month award.
Doohan remains active in senior doubles events, twice winning US national over-40s titles.
In 2000 the US Professionals Tennis Registry named him the teaching professional of the 1990s and he continues that career in Arkansas.
Previous citation in database:
Doohan, born in the City of Newcastle, where he attended Marist Brothers and Merewether
High School, began his tennis career at the age of six, and by the age of 10 he was playing
competitively. By the time he was done at High School he had won the Australian School
Boys' Championships and was ranked as the third best teenager in Australia.
Later Doohan's life took and odd turn, accepting a tennis scholarship at Arkansas U.S.A.
After four years at Arkansas University where he won many All America Titles, it was time for
Doohan to turn Pro and to work his way up the tennis ladder, first by playing in satellite tennis
circuits, then by playing qualifying rounds to earn the right to play in tournaments with the big
guys, and finally by earning a spot in the World's top 100 and guaranteeing invitations to all
the big tournaments.
In 1987, Doohan teamed with Pat Cash to play doubles on the Australian Davis Cup Team.
That same year Doohan pulled off the upset of the year, beating Boris Becker at Wimbledon
a place where Becker had come to own.
There would be four more years of touring for Doohan, before he hung up his Prince racquet,
returning to Little Rock where his wife (who he met in College) and son were waiting.
Later Doohan and his family moved to Anniston, Alabama U.S.A.
New South Wales Representative, Wayne Reid Cup
New South Wales Representative, Linton Cup
1984 - South Australian Open Singles Winner
1985 - Victorian Open Singles Finalist
1985 - South Australian Singles Finalist
1987 - South Australian Doubles Finalist
1987 - New South Wales Open Singles Finalist
1987 - New South Wales Doubles Finalist
1984 - Australian Hardcourt Title Winner
1985 - Australian Hardcourt Title Winner
1986 - Australian Hardcourt Title Winner
1987 - Australian Open Doubles Finalist
1985 - Wimbledom Doubles Semi-Finalist
1987 - Mexican Open Doubles Winner
1987 - Wimbledon Singles
1987 - Wimbledon Doubles Semi-Finalist
1987 - Canadian Open Doubles Semi-Finalist
1987 - World Doubles Championships
1988 - Wimbledon Doubles Semi-Finalist
1988 - Los Angeles Doubles Finalist
1989 - Wellington New Zealand Doubles Winner
1989 - Wimbledon Doubles Quarter-Finalist
1989 - Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Quarter-Finalist