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Former Australian Open tournament director Colin Stubs remembered as ‘pioneer’

The tennis community is mourning the death of former Australian Open tournament director Colin Stubs, who was influential in the event’s switch from grass to hard courts.

Stubs, who also competed at all four grand slams as a player, will be remembered as a pivotal figure in reviving the fortunes of the Australian Open, which struggled to attract the best players in the 1980s.

He died at age 81 this week after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Stubs retired from the tour to become a pharmacist and juggled that role with his Australian Open duties for several years before expanding his sports marketing and management enterprise and focusing on tennis.

The event hit arguably its lowest ebb in 1982, when none of the top-10 men’s players made the trip, but world No.1s and all-time greats Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf won the Melbourne title in his last year in charge in 1994.

Stubs developed…

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