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Game, set and match for NSW MP Alexander

The Liberal member for Bennelong, John Alexander, says it’s time to hang up his racquet at the next election.

The 70-year-old former professional tennis player told constituents in an email on Friday afternoon he would not recontest the seat he has held since 2010.

He thanked the people of his electorate for the past 11 years in a Facebook post.

“Serving Bennelong has been an incredible honour,” he wrote.

“As in my first career I have been encouraged, coached, mentored and supported by the best volunteers, work mates and family and I am truly grateful.”

He also took aim at the “demeaning, unproductive political jousting of recent times”, saying it was his sincerest wish that political debate be wholesome and respectful.

Mr Alexander was forced to resign from the seat in 2017 following the citizenship scandal but subsequently defeated former NSW premier and current Labor senator Kristina Keneally at a by-election.

Bennelong, in Sydney’s northwest, was famously held by former prime minister John Howard from 1974 until 2007, when he lost it as Labor took power.

Mr Howard then convinced Mr Alexander to run and win the seat back in 2010.

“The great man told me he was keen to attract people who had real life experience and could contribute to the development of policy,” Mr Alexander said.

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