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Aussie tennis star dead at 34

FORMER Aussie tennis star Todd Reid has died at the age of 34.

The Australian tennis community is in shock at the premature death of the former New South Wales tennis prodigy, who was tipped to be the next big thing of Australian tennis after winning the 2002 Wimbledon boy’s singles crown while still in high school.

A Tennis Australia spokesperson has confirmed the Herald Sun’s original report that Reid died on Tuesday.

The cause of death is unknown although it is understood there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Bursting onto the professional tennis scene in 2002, Reid quickly emerged as the No. 3 Aussie tennis player of the early noughties behind Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis.

Reid quit tennis in 2005 after a series of injuries and glandular fever. He’d had his best season on the ATP Tour just 12 months earlier.

It came off the back of a breakthrough 2004 Australian Open campaign where Reid won through to the third round of the men’s singles tournament before he was beaten by Roger Federer.

Reid achieved a career-high ATP Tour ranking of 105 the same year.

Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge led the outpouring of grief from the Aussie tennis community when he passed on his prayers for Reid and his family in a post on Twitter.

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