Bob Brett, a tennis coach whose players included Grand Slam champions Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic, and Marin Cilic, has died at the age of 67.
Tennis Australia published a tribute to the Australian coach on Wednesday after being informed by Brett’s family of his passing. He had been battling cancer.
“Bob Brett’s passing is a superb loss to tennis,” stated Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley.
“He was an exceptional coach and extensively admired. Bob guided all ranges of gamers to success — from Grand Slam champions to those beginning out in the sport he loved so dearly.”
Brett acquired the ATP’s Tim Gullickson Career Coach award in November.
Along with his work with Becker, Ivanisevic, Cilic, and different individual gamers, Brett coached for nationwide tennis associations in Britain, Japan, and Canada. He additionally opened a personal tennis academy in San Remo, Italy.
Brett coached Becker from November 1987 to February 1991, a span that included three of the German’s six career main titles and an increase to No. 1 within the ATP rankings.
Tributes to Brett poured in from all through the tennis world through social media.
“Extraordinarily saddened by the passing of Bob Brett, with whom I’ve collaborated throughout six years and who has taught me a lot in my early years as a coach,” stated Patrick Mouratoglou on Twitter.
Paul McNamee, a former top-ranked doubles player and former chief govt of the Australian Open, described Brett as “a brilliant coach and nice bloke, a real blue Aussie who never modified.”
“He’s a legend at Hopman’s Tennis Academy, the place he helped numerous gamers, together with Peter McNamara and I, a lot, and coached us each on tour for a while,” McNamee stated.
“He is an unsung hero, up there with the nice Australian male coaches like Mr. Hopman, Barry Phillips Moore, Tony Roche, and Darren Cahill. My ideas along with his daughters and prolonged household.”
Tennis Australia illustrated Brett’s strategy to his work by citing a remark from the coach.
“As a coach, you can guide them, you may give them examples and discuss history, but in the long run it’s simply bringing out the qualities that they have. The coach is responsible for losses and the player is accountable for the victories.”
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