04 Oct 2013

In memory of Brian McPhate (CAN)

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Brian McPhate (CAN)

It is with great sadness that the ITF has learned from our colleagues at Tennis Canada of the passing last week of former world top 10 ranked quad division player Brian McPhate.

Brian had been a valued member of the wheelchair tennis community in Canada for many years. He competed both national and internationally and was a member of Tennis Canada's High Performance Team between 1999 and 2005.

One of the many highlights of Brian's career was representing Canada at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, at which he achieved an all-time Canadian best by coming in fourth in the quad doubles partnering Sarah Hunter.

Other successes in Brian's career included winning the Canadian National Championship twice in quad singles (1999 and 2000) and reaching the finals three times (from 2001 to 2003), as well as winning the quad doubles title in 2005.

He reached his career best quad singles world ranking of No. 8 in July 2005 and his career best quad doubles world ranking of No. 4 in June of the same year. 
The ITF joins Tennis Canada in extending its heartfelt condolences to Brian's friends and family.