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Sunny_Boy
Mar 5th, 2006, 03:42 AM
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.

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Prizeidiot
Mar 5th, 2006, 04:04 AM
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.

Mattographer
Mar 5th, 2006, 04:29 AM
I hope he didn't retire because of the Hewitt rubbish.
Yeah, me too. Hewitt is absolutely fuckin' wanker!

Andy.
Mar 5th, 2006, 05:00 AM
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.

RJWCapriati
Mar 5th, 2006, 05:01 AM
He did a wonderful job in his position!!

DutchieGirl
Mar 5th, 2006, 05:13 AM
:sad: Hope whoever takes over doesn't stuff everything then! ;)

eck
Mar 5th, 2006, 05:57 AM
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.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Mar 5th, 2006, 06:43 AM
he did a great job and i hope the aussie open continues to be as good as it has been

waratahsrock
Mar 5th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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!

irinska
Mar 5th, 2006, 09:19 AM
I don't know if it would be possible to replace him so fast. He made AO the most enjoyable GS event.