Former player Peter Doohan, who beat red-hot favourite Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, has died at the age of 56.

'Becker Wrecker' dies at 56

'Becker Wrecker' dies at 56

The Australian went into the match as a huge underdog, with Becker having won the title in 1985 at the age of 17 and repeating the dose 12 months later.

However, he pulled off a 7-6 4-6 6-2 6-4 triumph at SW19 to earn the nickname 'The Becker Wrecker' and went on to reach the fourth round of the tournament.

That was as good as it got for the Aussie in singles although in partnership with Laurie Warder he did lose in the final of the doubles at the 1987 Australian Open.

Doohan died after a short battle with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and Becker posted a photograph of the two of them on Twitter, writing: "RIP mate! You were the better player…

"My heartfelt condolences to the family of #PeterDoohan ! The tennis fraternity lost a great guy and wonderful player!”

A statement from Tennis Australia read: "The tennis family is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Peter Doohan and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."