Colin Stubs, former Australian Open tournament director, dies aged 81 | ATP tour


Colin Stubs, the longtime former tournament manager of the Australian Open, died Wednesday at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer.

“The tennis community has lost a very nice and good man in the person of Colin Stubs,” former world doubles number one Paul McNamee wrote on Twitter. “He’s been honest because it’s a long day and has made a big contribution to Australian tennis,” the former Australian Open tournament director added.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley, who is also the current Australian Open tournament director, said: “He put the players first and earned their trust. He was an astute and well-respected tennis businessman who invested everything in showcasing the sport and organizing top-notch tennis events. He was an excellent player and quite his own man.

Stubs, born in Melbourne, won the Victorian Under-19 Championships at the age of 16 and completed a four-year degree in pharmacy. He traveled the international tennis circuit between 1961 and 1970, before becoming a pharmacist.

In 1975, a good friend of Stubs, then president of Tennis Australia, Wayne Reid, encouraged him to work as a consultant. He sold his Wheelers Hill pharmacy three years later and expanded his sports marketing and management business.

Stubs not only shaped the early careers of Todd Woodbridge, Richard Fromberg and Jason Stoltenberg, but was also a key figure in the growth of the Australian Open in the late 1970s until 1994, when Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf won the singles titles.

Colin Stubs Enterprises founded the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne in 1988, working in partnership with the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club until 2014 when the event was sold to IMG. He also helped the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the mid-1990s and was a tournament director in Adelaide until 2003.

Stubs, who later worked as a gardener in Sherbrooke Forest, east of Melbourne, is survived by his wife, Sue, and children Tom, Georgia and David. Another son, Richard, died in 2019.

Colin Stubs, player, promoter and tournament director, born February 27, 1941, died July 13, 2022.

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