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.
Lawrence Kleger, Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, recently announced the 2013-14 JMTA Seminar Series. Over the course of the JMTA season, Lawrence and other JMTA, Sportime, and USTA representatives will be hosting a series of seminars designed to give parents and students insight into what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive junior tennis environment. This 8 part seminar series begins Sunday, October 27th when Lawrence takes the podium in an “Ask the Director” session. Other topics that will be covered and the speakers include: The College Process, with former Brown University head coach and current Sportime Roslyn General Manager, Jay Harris; USTA Eastern Section Tournament Schedule and 2014 National Junior Competition Changes, with Julie Bliss of USTA Eastern section; A Coaches Perspective: What it Means to be a Coach?, hosted by JMTA Assistant Academy Director, Nate Emge; The Parent’s Role, with JMTA Assistant Academy Director, Felix Alvarado; Mental Toughness, with JMTA Assistant Academy Director, Bruce Haddad; Off-Court Training, with former world top ten singles and doubles player and JMTA Associate Academy Director, Peter Fleming; and What it Takes to be a Champion, with none other than Johnny Mac himself.