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Moving On Up: Former tennis world doubles champion Peter McNamee reveals property journey

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Former doubles champion Paul McNamee shares his property journey.

Former doubles world No. 1 tennis champion, Paul McNamee was known in his heyday as one half of iconic Australian doubles duo, the ‘SuperMacs’ with late partner Peter McNamara.

The pair won a number of doubles tournaments, including two Australian Opens and two Wimbledons, while McNamee also served as chief executive of both the Australian Open and the Melbourne Football Club, and was one of the key founders of international tennis tournament, the Hopman Cup.

He recently listed his New York-style “bachelor” penthouse at 514/801 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, for $1.35m-$1.485m.

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McNamee’s glamorous Malvern East penthouse is up for sale.

He was known as one half of Australian doubles duo, the ‘SuperMacs’ with Peter McNamara. Picture: Don Morley/EMPICS via Getty Images


I’ve lived in a lot of places, including Melbourne, Florida, London, Istanbul, Bulgaria and Perth, but my first home was in Tampa, Florida, which I shared with Chris Lewis who was a tennis player from New Zealand.

We bought an apartment together at the Hopman Tennis Academy for about $45,000 (A$63,000), purely so we could play tennis five hours a day.

Chris was my best friend, and I even dragged (Peter) McNamara out there too.

I lived in New York for a while as well, so we put this massive mural of New York City on the wall and people would say “why have you got a mural of NYC in your living room? People come to Florida to get away from New York!”

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McNamee presents Maria Sakkari of Greece her Perth City Winners medal at the 2023 United Cup in Perth. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

He has listed his Malvern East pad for $1.35m-$1.485m.


I’ve been living in Malvern East for the past three years after buying an annex penthouse apartment off the plan in 2017.

I always wanted a New York-style rooftop apartment, that was my dream to have one of those in Melbourne, because you can walk out and have a view, a garden setting and a barbecue.

I was living the bachelor lifestyle her until I met my wife in Bulgaria. We married six months ago and now we don’t want a bachelor apartment, we want something together.

I love the apartment and I’m not going to be able to replicate that outdoor terrace, but I’m just hoping someone will fall in love with it like I did.

The stylish three-bedroom apartment.

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McNamee won a number of titles including two Australian Opens and two Wimbledons.


I’ve luckily got a house down on the Mornington Peninsula at Cape Schank, so my wife and I intend to spend a lot more time there in the country once I sell the Malvern East apartment.

She also has a mountain house in Bulgaria, so we’ve pretty much got our dream homes.

We’ll spend more time renovating the weekend house in Cape Schank and also have a small apartment in Melbourne, but we’ll mostly be on the Peninsula — it’s one of the most magical environments in the world, it’s really special.

The house needs a bit more of a balcony and we’ll maybe put in a heater and a pickleball court in the garden.

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