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McEnroe Competes At Champions Challenge in Salt Lake City

John McEnroe competed Tuesday night at the PowerShares Series Tennis Champions Challenge in Salt Lake City, battling fellow American James Blake into a tiebreak, eventually won by Blake, 7-5, in the finals.

For full details on the event, see the Salt Lake Tribune’s fine recap here. And photo gallery here.

McEnroe topped Pete Sampras, 6-3, in the semis to advance to the meeting with Blake.

From the Tribune piece:

Long considered one of the best showmen and personalities of tennis, McEnroe was on point when he waved to the crowd and walked off the court briefly following a drop shot by Sampras on their semifinal matchup. It only took the 55-year-old McEnroe into the third set to take his patented stare at the umpire moments after he flexed his arm after an ace serve. Johnny Mac’s first bite at the umpire came in the first set of his final match against Blake, to which the crowd laughed.