Todd Reid in 2004
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October 28, 2018 12:50 PM

Todd Reid, the Australian who made headlines as a teen tennis sensation in the 2000s, was remembered by the tennis world on Twitter after he died at age 34 on Oct. 23.

Reid was the Wimbledon junior singles champion in 2002 and was once Australia’s No. 3 tennis player, the Associated Press reported. He ranked as high as 105th in the world and made the third round of the Australian Open in 2004 before losing to Roger Federer, according to ESPN.

“Very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Todd Reid. We never know how much someone can be suffering. Prayers for Todd and his family,” Australian tennis star Todd Woodbridge wrote in a since-deleted tweet, according to Extra.

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Other people in the tennis community remembered Reid’s “kind heart,” “talent” and “good soul.”

Darren Walton, a sports journalist, wrote in a personal essay that he had played golf with Reid the week before his death.

“The former Wimbledon junior champion was full of hope, excited about getting his life back together after a troubled few years and a touch-and-go battle with pancreatitis,” Walton wrote.

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In a November 1997 profile of Reid in The New York Times, Dr. James Loehr worried that the pressures that Reid was facing were unhealthy for a teenager.

“This has all the earmarks of becoming a catastrophe. It’s way too early to decide if a 13-year-old boy is a phenom or a superstar, and from the outside, it sounds like the parents are leaving their son to the wolves,” Dr. Loehr said.

“At this age, the primary concern should be making sure he’s mentally, physically and emotionally healthy,” the sports psychologist continued. “He shouldn’t be a source of income.”

His parents stood by the decision to work with manager Pete Colbert. “It’s not as if we plucked an agent out of the phone book,” his father Bob Reid said in the profile. “We trust Pete, and we believe that if Todd stayed here in Australia, he’d be doomed to mediocrity by the system.”

Reid’s cause of death is not known and there were no suspicious circumstances, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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