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Peter Doohan farewelled at moving funeral at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newcastle

12.12.2018, 苏州夜生活, by .

UPDATED: Tennis legend Peter Doohan farewelled | PHOTOS Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook Funeral service for n tennis legend Peter Doohan at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers HOW DOOHAN BECAME THE ‘BECKER WRECKER’

TRIBUTES FLOW FOR DOOHAN

IN his final weeks, as the insidious disease took hold of his body, Hunter tennis legend Peter Doohan clung to life so he could see his sons one last time.

So fittingly, at acelebration of Doohan’s life on Saturday, it was John and Hunter who toldthose packed into Sacred Heart Cathedral about a man who was much more than just the“Becker Wrecker”.

Doohan became an iconic underdog figure and a sporting legend in the Hunter when hefamously defeatedtwo-time defending champion Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.

His decades of coaching made him a mentor to thousands of kids.

But off the court, he touched the hearts of those who met him.

John said his father was“awonderful, inspiring and hilarious man”.

Hunter spoke about his dad’s passion forthe Newcastle Knights, his love of INXS and his appreciation for“corny dad jokes”.

Doohan spent 20 years playing and coaching in the US, but returned toNelson Bay in 2009.

He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Motor Neurone Diseasein May and given only months to live.

John and Hunter, as well as Doohan’s good matesPat Serretand Simon Robinson, his teammates at the University of Arkansas where Doohan was a NCAA champion, traveled to the Hunter in June to see him one last time.

“I truly believe that dad hung on with his life as hard as he could because he was looking forward to that trip so much,” John said.

“Pat and Simon left after a few days and Hunter and I spent two weeks with dad and had some incredible laughs and memories that we will both cherish forever.”

Father Brian Mascord, who told those gathered that Doohan had“whooped” him on the tennis court on more than one occasion, said the Hunter tennis great would be buried in a pair of“budgie smugglers”, a Knights singlet and a Knights blanket.

“That is loyalty,” Father Mascord said.

“And after Peter died the Knights won their first game in ages.

“When Peter comes to be canonised, that’s his first miracle.

“It has to be a miracle.”

With an n flag draped over his coffin, Doohan was carried from the cathedral and through a guard of honour, formed by some of his young tennis students, tennis racquets raised towards the sky.

EARLIER STORY:

HUNDREDS have turned out to farewell Hunter tennis legend Peter Doohan, who died last month after a brief battle with motor neurone disease.

Dubbed the“Becker Wrecker” after famously defeating two-time defending champion Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, Doohan reached a career-high world ranking of 43.

He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MND in May and given only months to live.

Doohan, who was living at Nelson Bay,died on July 21, aged 56.

Newcastle West’sSacred Heart Cathedral was packed with family, friends and fellow tennis players for a moving service on Saturday.

Doohan’ssons, John and Hunter, spoke of their father’s sense of humour, his love of the Newcastle Knights and his outstanding tennis career.

Father Brian Mascord, who told those gathered that Doohan had“whooped” him on the tennis court on more than one occasion, said the n tennis great would be buried in a pair of“budgie smugglers”, a Knights singlet and a Knights blanket.

“That is loyalty,” Father Mascord said.

“And after Peter died the Knights won their first game in ages.

“When Peter comes to be canonised, that’s his first miracle.

“It has to be a miracle.”

With an n flag draped over his coffin, Doohan was carried from the cathedral and through a guard of honour, formed by some of hisyoung tennis students with racquets in hand, outside.

Born in Newcastle,Doohan spent his formative years atMerewether High School, playing tennis at District Park in Broadmeadow on weekends under the guidance of coach Frank Brent.

After turning professional, he spent 20 years playing and coaching in the United States.

He was based inArkansas, where he went to university, was an All-Americanand twice wontheNCAAdoubles title.

Doohan returned to Nelson Bay in 2009 and coached up until June last year.

His victory over Becker in the second-round at Wimbledon in 1987 made him a household name in , but he was far from a one-match wonder.

He was unbeaten in the Davis Cup, won the South n Open singles title and reached No. 15 in the world indoubles, winning five titles during his distinguished career.

He was also the runner-up in the men’s doubles at the n Open in 1987, he and partnerLaurie Warder going down to SwedesAnders Järryd andStefan Edberg.

In lieu of flowers, Doohan’s family asked thata donation in Peter’s memorybe made at theService to Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW.

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