Our own John McEnroe is in London, England this week competing in the Statoil Masters Tennis Tournament at the world famous Royal Albert Hall. John has won this season-ending Masters Tour event 4 times (’97 – ’99, ’03)! In his 1st match of his tournament, despite giving away over 10 years to his youthful, 42 year old opponent, Mac defeated former #6 in the world, Wayne Ferreira, 7-6(9), 6-2. Mac was up 5-1 in the opening set tiebreak before allowing Wayne to fight his way back, but John recovered to prevail, 11-9. That momentum lead him an easier time in the 2nd set, which he won 6-2. Below is a portion of an article from the ATP Champions Tour website. Click here for the full length article.
“It wasn’t without its drama – would it be a John McEnroe match otherwise? – but the American opened his Statoil Masters Tennis campaign with a 7-6(9), 6-2 victory over former World No. 6 Wayne Ferreira on Thursday evening.
McEnroe kissed the net after a lucky net cord gave him a 4-2 lead, but Ferreira came back to force a tie-break, hitting arguably the shot of the match in the process when he returned a McEnroe smash with a smash winner of his own from the baseline. “Oh, that felt good!” exclaimed the South African.
McEnroe squandered a 5-1 lead in a pulsating tie-break, but eventually prevailed 11-9. Buoyed by the lead, the American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, put his foot down in the second set and claimed victory with two breaks in 87 minutes.”