Suffered from cancer, Bob Brett died on Tuesday with his family at the age of 67. A great man of tennis, the Australian coach had notably coached Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic.
The year has started sadly for tennis. This Tuesday morning, the entourage of the Australian announced the death during the night of this great man of the world of the little yellow ball that was Bob Brett. Trainer emeritus, Brett had notably coached the German Boris Becker, between 1987 and 1991, Goran Ivanisevic (from 1991 to 1995) and, more recently, the Croatian Marin Cilic. But not only, since the Australian technician who remained a coach for 47 years had also had under his control during his long and remarkable career other big names on the circuit, first of all Peter McNamara, Andreï Medvedev, Mats Wilander or even Andres Gomez, titled at Roland-Garros in 1990 after beating Andre Agassi in the final on Parisian clay. Briefly coach of Frenchman Guy Forget as well, Brett began his career in 1974 on the advice of the one who would become his mentor Harry Hopman. After five years spent training alongside his compatriot, he then took off on his own.
Mouratoglou: “Bob Brett taught me so much”
Extremely saddened by the passing of Bob Brett with whom I have collaborated during 6 years and who has taught me so much in my early years as a coach.
One of the best coaches I have met. Rest In Peace.
– Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) January 5, 2021
Very involved in tennis, Brett founded in 1996 with Patrick Mouratoglou the Academy Elite Team Bob Brett, based in Montreuil-sous-Bois, in the Paris region. Serena Williams’ coach said to himself “Extremely sad by the passing of Bob Brett, with whom (he had) collaborated for six years and who (he) learned so much during (his) first years as a coach. Like the South African Johan Kriek, close to Brett and who announced last October that his friend, condemned by illness, had only two months left to live, Mouratoglou knew that the days of the legendary trainer Australian to impeccable French were counted.