Paul McNamee quits Australian Open - TennisForum.com

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Sunny_Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,260
                     
Paul McNamee quits Australian Open

PAUL McNamee has quit as chief executive of the Australian Open, Tennis Australia announced today.

McNamee, 51, a former Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles champion, leaves after 12 years at the helm of the grand slam tennis tournament.

McNamee said in a Tennis Australia statement that he was leaving to pursue other interests.

"There is never an easy time to move on but I feel I am doing so on a high after another great Australian Open," he said.

His departure follows a deteriorating relationship with Australia's highest-ranked player, Lleyton Hewitt, and sections of the Australian media over the past two years.

World No.10 Hewitt was strongly critical of Australian Open management over what he perceived to be the slow pace of the Rebound Ace hardcourts during the past two Open tournaments at Melbourne Park.

Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard paid tribute to McNamee's stewardship of the Open.

"Tennis Australia wishes to pay tribute to Paul for his efforts over the past 12 years which have established the Australian Open as one of the world's marquee sporting events," Pollard said.

"His creativity and energy helped elevate the Australian Open to be on a par with the other three grand slams and set a benchmark for major sporting events in Australia and around the world.



"He leaves the Australian Open in a very healthy state after another hugely successful tournament."
McNamee won 24 doubles titles, many with Peter McNamara, including Wimbledon in 1980 and 1982, and the Australian Open in 1979 and 1983.

He was also part of the Australian teams that won the Davis Cup in 1983 and 1986.


IRODA TULYAGANOVA
Sunny_Boy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 04:04 AM
Senior Member
 
Prizeidiot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 11,378
                     
I hope he didn't retire because of the Hewitt rubbish.

The Australian Open has been incredibly successful in his time, and he's transformed it from the slam that players used to skip, to one of the best sporting events in the world. Australian Tennis owes him a lot.

Research Lab - The physics is theoretical but the fun is real
Prizeidiot is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 04:29 AM
Senior Member
 
Mateo Mathieu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Cockatoo Island
Posts: 60,020
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prizeidiot
I hope he didn't retire because of the Hewitt rubbish.
Yeah, me too. Hewitt is absolutely fuckin' wanker!


Inspiration is for amateurs


Faves: Mona Barthel / Samantha Stosur / Roberta Vinci
Mateo Mathieu is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 05:00 AM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Andy.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Bondi, Sydney
Posts: 25,326
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlexSydney
Yeah, me too. Hewitt is absolutely fuckin' wanker!
I totally agree Hewitt is a tool, Paul always did a great job im quite sad hat he has left that position.
Andy. is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 05:01 AM
Senior Member
 
RJWCapriati's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 9,093
                     
He did a wonderful job in his position!!



Follow me on twitter @RandyWhite89
RJWCapriati is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 05:13 AM
Senior Member
 
DutchieGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: my own Dutchie world
Posts: 152,959
                     
Hope whoever takes over doesn't stuff everything then!

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...10/sheadam.jpg

She & Him @ Melkweg "The Max", Amsterdam 6th May 2010
DutchieGirl is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 05:57 AM
country flag eck
x
 
eck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 33,445
                     
I've seen him before, at this years AO.
I saw him the day after Hingis won her match against Emma Laine.
What people didn't see was that some kid fell over trying to get her signature and was unconcious. So he was there to try to examine what can be done to prevent it from happening again. In the end there were more security staff there handling the crowd and making sure no one else falls. Good job on his part.

some signature
eck is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 06:43 AM
Senior Member
 
KimC&MariaSNo1's's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Wherever Life Takes Me
Posts: 10,352
                     
he did a great job and i hope the aussie open continues to be as good as it has been
KimC&MariaSNo1's is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 07:42 AM
Senior Member
 
waratahsrock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Broadbeach
Posts: 6,173
                     
Sad to see him leave - he's done a brilliant job, and thanks to him the Australian Open is just brilliant! His replacement has big boots to fill!
waratahsrock is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2006, 09:19 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 530
                     
I don't know if it would be possible to replace him so fast. He made AO the most enjoyable GS event.
irinska is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome