Obituaries



Enrique Morea
Enrique Morea, a former player and five-time President of the Asociación Argentina de Tenis (AAT), passed away in March aged 92. Twice a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 1953 and 1954 during his playing days, Morea went on to become the only Honorary President of the AAT in 2014, having enjoyed a full and distinguished career in tennis. Not only a successful player, Morea was also a Davis Cup captain and referee, and later held high-level administration roles as both AAT President and ITF Vice President.

“Enrique will be remembered as one of the greats of our sport,” said ITF President David Haggerty. “He made enormous contributions to tennis, not only as a player, but also as an administrator for the sport in his native South America. He will be hugely missed by the tennis family.”

Mavis Hogg

Mavis Hogg, an inspirational figure in Irish tennis, died on 9 April aged 90 following a short illness. Hogg was the first lady president of the Irish Lawn Tennis Association in the 1970s and later served as Tennis Ireland Secretary from 1985-1993.

John Shannon

John Shannon, President of Tennis Fiji from 2001-06, died after a short illness in February 2017.

Shannon was born in Belfast and emigrated to Australia in 1967. He moved to Fiji shortly after and worked in a number of roles before becoming involved in the Northern Tennis Club.

He was President of Tennis Fiji from 2001-06, before taking the role of Secretary at the same organisation from 2006 until his death.

In these roles, he worked closely alongside colleagues from across the region, including many from other National Associations and the Oceania Tennis Federation.  

David Smith, of the Oceania Tennis Federation, paid tribute to Shannon. "This is an enormous loss for Tennis Fiji. I have worked with John for 15 years and he has been the driving force in reviving the Fiji Open. A great colleague and even better person," he said.

Bodo Nitsche
Bodo Nitsche, a former Seniors player and member of the ITF Seniors Committee, passed away on 18 February aged 78.

Nitsche was a member of the ITF Seniors Committee between 1987 and 2009, having ranked No. 1 in the world in Seniors competition during that time, first attaining the top spot in October 2003.

Nitsche compiled an impressive 372-94 win-loss record during his Seniors playing career, and played on the circuit as recently as January 2014, when he contested his last Seniors tour event at the European Senior Open in Austria.

 

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