Doug Napier Obituary, Death Cause – Doug served as a former member of the Board of Directors for Tennis West, was the Chairman of the State Selectors, and frequently traveled as the manager of state junior teams. He was also essential in the operation of the WA Open. In 1949, Doug became a member of the Hensman Tennis Club, and he went on to have a long and successful playing career with Hensman Park, Western Australia, and Australia.
He is the holder of the record for the most singles titles won at Hensman, was at one point the number one ranked player in Western Australia, represented Western Australia in the Linton Cup, where he won against Rod Laver in 1956, competed in the Australian Open Men’s Singles Championship, and was chosen to represent Australia on numerous occasions in international veteran competitions.
He also holds the record for the most singles titles won at Hensman. Additionally, up to the age of 46, he was a member of the Hensman Park State League team. His left-handed serve and volley game was outstanding, he was a great thinker on the court, he had a wonderful competitive attitude, and his peers praised him for his fairness and sportsmanship. In addition, he possessed a brilliant left-handed volley game.
Doug was honored with life membership in 1987 (together with his wife, Margaret), in recognition of his outstanding playing career as well as his extensive service on the Hensman Board, where he served in a variety of capacities over an extended period of time, including for a substantial portion of that time as President. In addition to that, for a considerable amount of time he served as the club’s coach.