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Former Australian tennis player & 4-times Grand Slam singles champion Ashley Cooper passed away at 83

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Australian tennis great Ashley Cooper diesOn May 22, 2020, Famous Australian Tennis player Ashley John Cooper, passed away at the age of 83 in Sydney, Australia. He was born on September 15, 1936, in Melbourne, Australia.

Key Points:

i.Cooper, the former Ranked No.1 player, led Australia’s Davis Cup team to victory over the United States to retain the title in 1957.

ii.A right-handed serve-and-volley player, Cooper won 8 Grand Slam titles- 4 Grand Slam singles and 4 Grand Slam doubles titles in the amateur era.

iii.4 Grand Slam Singles titles: Ashley Cooper won four Grand Slam singles titles including the Australian Open (1957, 1958), Wimbledon (1958) and U.S. Open championships in (1958).

iv.4 Grand Slam Doubles titles: Cooper won 4 grand slam doubles titles with his partner Neale Fraser in US Open (1957), Australian Open (1958) and won  French Championships with his partner Malcolm Anderson (1957, 1958).

v.He ended his professional career in 1959 and returned to Brisbane, Australia, to run a business and work as an administrator in the sport. He was among a group of players including Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman and Lew Hoad who ruled the world in tennis, a whole group from the 50s to the 70s.

vi.Honours: Cooper was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to tennis in the year 2007.  

vii.In 2009 Cooper was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.

About Australia:

Capital– Canberra.
Prime Minister– Scott John Morrison.
Currency– Australian dollar (AUD).