Eight-time Grand Slam match winner Ashley Cooper has died aged 83, Tennis Australia introduced on Friday, with Rod Laver hailing him as a “fantastic champion”. The previous Australian, Wimbledon and US singles titleholder, was a part of the golden period of Australian males’s tennis within the 1950s, successful 4 main singles titles and 4 in doubles. Competing towards fellow Australian greats Laver, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall and Neale Fraser, Cooper received three of these singles titles in 1958, when he triumphed at Wimbledon and the Australian and USA championships.
Tennis Australia mentioned Cooper can be remembered as “an enormous of the sport each as a superb participant and an astute administrator.”
“Ashley was additionally essentially the most humble of champions and a fantastic household man,” mentioned Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.
“Our hearts exit to his spouse Helen and his household, alongside along with his broad and worldwide circle of pals, together with so a lot of our tennis household.”
Laver led the tributes following the loss of life of a person he described as a pal.
“So unhappy to listen to of Ashley’s passing. He was an exquisite champion, on and off the court docket. And what a backhand! So many cherished recollections. Farewell my pal,” Laver wrote on Twitter.
So unhappy to listen to of Ashley’s passing. He was an exquisite champion, on and off the court docket. And what a backhand! So many cherished recollections. Farewell my pal. My ideas are with Ashley’s spouse, Helen, and his household. https://t.co/HeKYuOFINm
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) Could 22, 2020
Present ladies’s world primary and Queensland native Ashleigh Barty was among the many present era to hail Cooper’s impression on the game.
“Thanks for the whole lot that you’ve achieved for our sport. My ideas are with your loved ones and family members. Relaxation In Peace, Ashley,” Barty mentioned on Twitter.
Thanks for the whole lot that you’ve achieved for our sport. My ideas are with your loved ones and family members.
Relaxation In Peace, Ashley. https://t.co/uOoedanL6K
— Ash Barty (@ashbarty) Could 22, 2020
Cooper was a star in his residence nation throughout his heyday and his public profile rose even additional when he married reigning Miss Australia Helen Wooden in 1959 at a ceremony that attracted hundreds of followers.