Roger Becker
Former British tennis player Roger Becker passed away on 6 November, aged 83.

Becker represented his nation in Davis Cup between 1952 and 1960, compiling an 11-7 overall win-loss record in the 10 ties he played. His career highlight was reaching the semifinals of the men's doubles event at Wimbledon in 1957 in partnership with Bob Howe, losing to the eventual winners Gardnar Mulloy and Budge Patty. In singles, he had reached the fourth round at Roland Garros a year earlier, and contested the third round at each of the four Grand Slams.

Peter Doohan
Peter Doohan died on 22 July aged 56, just nine weeks after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Dubbed the ‘Becker Wrecker’ after famously defeating two-time defending champion Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987 en route to the fourth round, Doohan reached a career-high ranking of No.43 in singles and was unbeaten in Davis Cup.

Doohan ranked as high as No. 15 in doubles, finishing runner-up alongside Laurie Warder at the 1987 Australian Open and winning five career titles in the team game.

Jacques Dorfmann
Jacques Dorfmann, former chair umpire and director of competitions at the French Tennis Federation (FFT), died on 13 July 2017 aged 84.

Dorfmann was best-known in France as the chair umpire for the famous 1983 men's singles final at Roland Garros, where home favourite Yannick Noah defeated Mats Wilander in straight sets.

Over the course of a 30-year career in officiating, he umpired more than 15,000 tennis matches, with his last major match as an official coming in the 1988 men's singles final at Roland Garros, where Wilander defeated another French star, Henri Leconte.

Jérôme Golmard
Former French player Jérôme Golmard died on 1 August 2017 at the age of 43.

Golmard was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in January 2014, losing the use of his legs within a few weeks of the diagnosis. He established the 'Association Jérôme Golmard, Combattre la maladie de Charcot', which aimed to raise awareness and support those with the disease.

Born in Dijon on 9 September 1973, Golmard began his tennis career at the age of six and turned professional at the age of 17. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 22 in April 1999 and won two titles on the ATP Tour.

Golmard represented France on six occasions, making his debut in a 5-0 victory against Morocco in September 1995, with his last appearance in the competition coming in another 5-0 victory, against Austria in July 2000.

Golmard is survived by his two sons, aged 12 and 11.

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

Alan Little
Alan Little MBE, Honorary Librarian at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, passed away on 11 October at the age of 89.

Little held the position of Honorary Librarian at the AELTC for 40 years, having been tasked by the club with starting the library back in 1967. He developed the Library collections, answered thousands of enquiries and also wrote 35 books, in addition to creating the Wimbledon Compendium, which he compiled for 27 years.

In recognition of his dedication to the Library, Alan was made an Honorary Member of the AELTC in 1985 and was awarded an MBE for services to tennis in 2014.

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.”

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.

Jana Novotna
Jana Novotna, a former Wimbledon singles champion and a member of the victorious 1988 Czechoslovakian Fed Cup team, died on Sunday 19 November 2017. She had been ill with cancer and was 49 years old.

Novotna played Fed Cup for her nation - firstly Czechoslovakia and then Czech Republic - for 11 years, winning 33 of her 45 matches in the competition. Her most notable achievement came in 1988, when she was part of the Czechoslovakian team which defeated USSR 2-1 in the final in Melbourne.

She was presented with the Fed Cup Award of Excellence, an annual award for individuals who have shown great dedication to Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and who represent the ideals and spirit of the competition, at the 2012 Final in Prague.

A world No. 1 in doubles, Novotna won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She also won two Olympic silver medals in women's doubles - at Seoul in 1988 and Atlanta in 1996, where she also won a bronze medal in the women's singles.

Novotna is perhaps most famous for her appearances in the Wimbledon women's singles finals in the 1990s. After losing an emotional final to Steffi Graf in 1993 and falling again to Martina Hingis in 1997, she finally claimed her first and only Grand Slam singles crown in 1998, defeating Nathalie Tauziat in the final.

She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 2 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jana Novotna. Jana was an inspirational person, a wonderful tennis player and a superb champion, both on and off the court,” ITF President David Haggerty said.

“She was a true Fed Cup great, representing her country with distinction over 11 years, winning the title in 1988 and honoured with the Fed Cup Award of Excellence at the 2012 Final. On behalf of the ITF, I would like to offer our condolences to her family and friends. Jana Novotna will be sorely missed by the entire tennis family.’’

Mervyn Rose
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mervyn Rose died on 23 July at the age of 87.

The Australian lefthander won singles titles at the 1954 Australian Open and at 1958 Roland Garros, four Grand Slam doubles crowns, including two at the US Open, and one mixed doubles major.

Rose represented Australia in Davis Cup and was part of the Harry Hopman-captained victories over the United States in the finals in both 1951 and 1957.

After retiring from the game, Rose worked as a coach to some of the game’s greats, including Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001. 

Francis Ruterana
Former Rwanda Tennis Federation President Francis Ruterana passed away on 16 October. Ruterana led the Federation from 2010-2012.

Pancho Segura
Pancho Segura passed away on Saturday 18 November at the age of 96.

Segura played throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s, initially as an amateur before joining the emerging professional circuit in 1948. He held both Ecuadorian and American nationality and won three straight NCAA singles titles titles from 1942-44 at the University of Miami.

Prior to turning professional he reached four Grand Slam finals - in men's doubles at the 1944 US Open and at 1946 Roland Garros, and in mixed doubles at the US Open in 1943 and 1947.

As a pro, he won four titles at the professional majors - the highest honours on the circuit at that time - and also reached the No. 1 world ranking. His short stature (he was 5' 6'' or 168cm) was no barrier to his achievements, and his unique two-handed forehand was a ferocious weapon.

Following his playing career, Segura took up coaching and worked with Jimmy Connors during the early part of his career. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984.

"On behalf of the ITF, I'd like to offer our condolences to Pancho Segura's family and friends," ITF President David Haggerty said. "Pancho was widely renowned as one of the most talented and entertaining players of his generation. He was also a great coach and a worthy Hall of Famer. He will be much missed by the tennis family."

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.