The ITF and the Australian Seniors Tennis community were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Tom Downie. .
Tom represented Australia on a number of occasions at the ITF World Individual Championships and Teams event. With doubles partner and long time friend, Murray French, they lifted the men’s doubles title in 2007 at the World Individuals Championships in New Zealand. He was also runner up on three other occasions.
In addition to his success at the World Championships, Tom also won seven Australian doubles titles.
As mentioned by close friend, Murray French in his tribute to Tom, "he was not only a wonderful tennis player, but he will be remembered as one of the most friendly and popular people in tennis. A guy everyone wanted to sit next to at dinner. A common description of Tom is, he was the life of the party and everyone’s friend and had a wonderful sense of fun"
All at the ITF send our condolences to family and friends of Tom Downie.