Australian tennis star Todd Reid who was once regarded as the sport’s ‘next big thing’ dies aged 34
- Won junior Wimbledon boys title in 2002, declared tennis’ ‘next big thing’
- Turned pro in 2002, reaching a career high world ranking of 105 two years later
- Forced to retire from the circuit in 2005, due to a number of nagging injuries
Former Australian tennis prodigy Todd Reid had died aged just 34.
After winning the Wimbledon junior singles title in 2002, Reid was touted as the next big thing in the sport at the time.
A former student at Waverley College in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Reid was signed to a leading International Management group in his early teens.
He also accepted an exclusive scholarship to Nick Bollettieri’s famed Florida academy, such was his immense talent.
But following an impressive junior career and climbing to the brink of the top 100 – a career high number 105 in 2004, Reid battled illness and injury.
Ultimately, a wrist complaint as well as a bout of glandular fever saw Reid unable to scale new heights on court.
Disillusioned, he walked away from the sport, but not before several attempted returns.
At this stage, the exact cause of Reid’s death is unknown.
Daily Mail Australia understands he passed away on Tuesday.
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