Brett worked with the Grand Slam champions Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic, Johan Kriek and Marin Cilic as well as the Australians Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara for a career spanning almost five decades.
Becker entered the world No.. 1 under the guidance of the Melbourne-born trainer between November 1987 and February 1991.
The ATP awarded Brett the Tim Gullikson Coaching Career Award just two months ago and unanimously selected him as the second recipient behind fellow countryman Tony Roche.
« He is one of the unsung heroes of Australian tennis because of the impact it has had around the world, » McNamee told the Herald Sun. .
« He’s one of our greatest coaches of all time, and you’d have to put him there with Mr (Harry) Hopman, Tony Roche and Darren Cahill.
« He was a salt-of-the-earth Aussie. He always kept the accent, was a true blue, and was never affected by his success – he was the same from start to finish. ”
Serena Williams’ trainer Patrick Mouratoglou, posted on Twitter, was « extremely sad » about Brett’s death, describing him as « one of the best trainers I have ever met ». .
As a protégé of the late Harry Hopman, Brett also trained top 10 players Nicolas Kiefer and Mario Ancic, drove Andrei Medvedev to the 1999 French Open final and was involved in Kei Nishikori’s early development.
Nishikori was one of many Japanese players he oversaw, including overseeing the country’s Davis Cup team and advising the UK and Canadian tennis federations.
Brett also founded the Bob Brett Tennis Academy in San Remo, Italy, which is widely recognized as one of the best development programs in the world.
He had two daughters, Caroline and Katarina, while his brother Arthur Brett is a four-time Olympic sailing coach.
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