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13
Aug
11

McEnroe collapses on court with a pulled hamstring.

John McEnroe had to be helped off the court with a leg injury during a Rogers Legends Cup match against Michael Chang. The seven-time Grand Slam champion was stretching for a shot late in the second set Saturday when he collapsed to the ground, his face twisted in pain. Chang and two medical officials tended to McEnroe as he lay on the court for nearly 10 minutes. They finally hoisted him to his feet and he hobbled off the court, his arms wrapped around the two medics.

He stopped at one point to toss his white hat into the crowd, the effort causing him more discomfort. The 52-year-old McEnroe was receiving treatment at the Rexall Centre for what appeared to be a left hamstring injury. This is the first year for the legends event as part of the Rogers Cup

 

23
Nov
10

4 Teams to compete at Hong Kong’s Tennis Classic.

The Hong Kong Tennis Classic is Hong Kong’s premier tennis event. The 2011 event features 12 stars in 4 teams from all corners of the globe battling it out over 4 action packed days of tennis. January 5-8 at Victoria Park

18
Nov
10

Ljubicic will partner Lendl at Aussie World Team Challenge.

Ivan Ljubicic will partner former tennis great Ivan Lendl for the International Team at the World Tennis Challenge, 11–13 January 2011. WTC Co-Tournament Director Mark Woodforde believes Ljubicic and Lendl will form a formidable team at Australia’s most innovative event. “Lendl is here to win and he is really excited that Ivan has agreed to partner him on the International team,” Woodforde said.

“With only one player left to announce, we could not be more happy with the calibre of players we have on board so far this year – it’s going to make for an amazing event comprising great on-court entertainment and, of course, some incredible and history making tennis. “The pairing of Ivan and Ivan will surely make the International team the one to beat for this year’s World Tennis Challenge title. “The former No.3 is currently ranked No.17 on the ATP World Tour and the Croatian has finished in the top 50 for the past 10 years. Ljubicic is a winner of nine career ATP titles and has amassed more than $9 million in career prize money. He has also led Croatia in Davis Cup for more than a decade and holds a 36-18 Davis Cup win-loss record.

Lendl and Ljubicic will be tough competition for crowd favourites John McEnroe and James Blake who make up Team America. Sell-out crowds are expected in 2011 with Lendl to face former rival John McEnroe. Both share a record of 12 year-end world championships, and the rivalry still remains fierce between the two players. With Henri Leconte and Michael Llodra confirmed for Team Europe and crowd favourite Pat Cash forming half of Team Australia, there is just one player still to be announced – a current day Australian player who will partner Cash.

17
Dec
09

Tomic and Cash team up for World Tennis Challenge.

Rising tennis teen Bernard Tomic will finetune for the Australian Open by playing at the World Tennis Challenge.

Tomic, 17, has agreed to play in the novel World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide next January.

The Adelaide tournament, in which a retired star partners a current player in a teams format, ends only four days before the Australian Open starts in Melbourne.

Tomic will partner Wimbledon champ Pat Cash, who at age 44 is 27 years his senior.

The Tomic–Cash combination will represent Australasia in the Adelaide event, opposed to three teams – the Americas, Europe and the Internationals.

The Americas team features 50-year-old John McEnroe and Robbie Ginepri while French 46-year-old Henri Leconte will play for Europe with an as yet un-named teammate.

World No.14 Radek Stepanek will head the Internationals with a yet to be announced retired player.

Tomic this year became the youngest player in the Open era to win a main draw match at the Australian Open.

Currently ranked 286 in the world, Tomic expects to be given a wildcard into next year’s Australian Open.

“I can’t wait to play in Adelaide … playing alongside some of the greats will be a great learning curve,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“WTC is a fantastic concept and I think it will be great to play with Pat alongside some of the legends of the game.

“I think Adelaide is ideal preparation for the Australian Open.”

The WTC, first held earlier this year, will be held at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive from January 12 to 14.

The format pits the two current players against each other, followed by the past players. The teams then join for a doubles match.

12
Dec
09

Charleston’s Family Circle Cup adding more fun.

The Family Circle Cup is adding men’s tennis and music to spice up the 2010 event.

Tennis legends John McEnroe and Jim Courier will join Anna Kournikova and a fourth player to be announced in singles and doubles action on April 17, the same day the Cup semifinals are held at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

The Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based rock band, will perform throughout the day and wrap up the festivities with a concert that night in Family Circle Stadium.

The Family Circle Cup will be played April 10-18 on Daniel Island. Maria Sharapova, the former No. 1 player in the world, and 18-year-old American star Melanie Oudin have already committed to play in the tournament.

“We are planning this night of fun and excitement to celebrate a decade of tennis in Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup tournament manager. “Our patrons have really enjoyed the mixed doubles exhibitions we’ve held in previous years, so we’re bringing some of the most exciting tennis celebrities to Daniel Island for this special evening session to be held during the finals weekend.”

Tickets for the exhibition match and concert will be sold as a standalone ticketed session. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. next Friday through Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone (800) 745-3000, local Publix outlets and at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office. Box level seating will be available for $35, terrace level for $25, and grandstand for $15.

28
Oct
09

Young guns & old farts to play in Adelaide!

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Rising tennis teen Bernard Tomic will finetune for the Australian Open by playing at the World Tennis Challenge.

Tomic, 17, has agreed to play in the novel World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide next January.

The Adelaide tournament, in which a retired star partners a current player in a teams format, ends only four days before the Australian Open starts in Melbourne.

Tomic will partner Wimbledon champ Pat Cash, who at age 44 is 27 years his senior.

The Tomic–Cash combination will represent Australasia in the Adelaide event, opposed to three teams – the Americas, Europe and the Internationals.

The Americas team features 50-year-old John McEnroe and Robbie Ginepri while French 46-year-old Henri Leconte will play for Europe with an as yet un-named teammate.

World No.14 Radek Stepanek will head the Internationals with a yet to be announced retired player.

Tomic this year became the youngest player in the Open era to win a main draw match at the Australian Open.

Currently ranked 286 in the world, Tomic expects to be given a wildcard into next year’s Australian Open.

“I can’t wait to play in Adelaide … playing alongside some of the greats will be a great learning curve,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“WTC is a fantastic concept and I think it will be great to play with Pat alongside some of the legends of the game.

“I think Adelaide is ideal preparation for the Australian Open.”

The WTC, first held earlier this year, will be held at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive from January 12 to 14.

The format pits the two current players against each other, followed by the past players. The teams then join for a doubles match.

08
Sep
09

The great impersonators take center court!

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Novak Djokovic is certainly making an impression in New York. Not only has he glided almost unnoticed into the latter stages of the US Open, but his mischievous sense of humour has also won him a legion of fans.

In the early hours of this morning he claimed two more victims. First was the small matter of his fourth-round match against Radek Stepanek. With that taken care of in three straight sets, he turned his attention to a court legend: John McEnroe. (Watch the video clip on the YouTube screen below).

Already known for his humorous impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, the Serb added the Super Brat to his repertoire.

Mimicking the mannerisms and serving style of McEnroe, Djokovic paced the baseline and hurled the ball high into the air before hitting it hard into the net. In mock disgust, he threw his racket to the ground, pointed at the line and screamed at an imaginary umpire, “It was wide!” before the obligatory “You cannot be serious” rant had 10,000 spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium roaring with laughter.

Urged by Djokovic to come and join him, McEnroe sportingly left his position in the commentary box, came down onto the court and took up the gauntlet of playing a couple of points.

The 50-year-old three-time Wimbledon champion did his own impersonation of the 2008 Australian Open champion, bouncing the ball repeatedly low to the court, before swinging a serve out wide and dispatching a deep volley for a winner.

“Johnny Mac made it all happen,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy coming down in jeans and a shirt but he made it all fun.”

“What I’ve done in 2007 with those impersonations and tonight playing with Johnny Mac, I think that’s what the crowd wants, especially in these hours. I think these night matches are very special.”

“Everyone has a different personality. I like to entertain the crowd and that makes me happy in a way as well.

“I didn’t work at [the impression] at all. It just comes if the moment is right. It comes spontaneously and the moment was right now. It was quite funny and the crowd loved it and that was the most important thing.”

23
Jul
09

McEnroe not despairing over Roddick.

roddick 3John McEnroe has some encouraging words for this week’s missing Indianapolis top seed Andy Roddick, still healing from a hip flexor injury which forced him to miss his date at the Indianapolis Tennis Center.

Mac, never short of an opinion, played a World Team Tennis match on the West Coast and had some words of wisdom about the state of the Roddick game with the US Open approaching in just over a month and the top American desperate to duplicate his 2003 title success at Flushing Meadows.

McEnroe is particularly pleased with the work done by his own contemporary and one-time friend-coach Larry Stefanki, who came on board to Team Roddick in late 2008.

“Larry was able to get in his head a bit, make him more keenly aware, to point out a few things, such as the fact that he weighed 15 pounds more than he did when he won the Open,” said McEnroe.

“Andy’s a very smart guy, Andy. I think he realized that if he didn’t really get himself in tip top shape, slowly but surely it was going in the wrong direction.”

The change of attitude was brought to fruition as Roddick reached a third Wimbledon final – but his progress was brought to a halt with a third defeat at the game’s top venue to Roger Federer as the Swiss collected a record 15th Grand Slam single crown.

But McEnroe is not despairing over Roddick. “He’s still only 26, it’s not like he’s 60.

“I think he really did what he needed to do. It’s nice to see, you can see in his eyes, the way he acts, you can tell he knows it’s (physical work) paid off. To me he’s more sure of himself and maybe not panicking in certain situations that he may have before against someone who’s pretty easy to panic against, like Roger, or Nadal.

“He also hits the ball harder off the ground than I’ve ever seen him.”

McEnroe, still active on court at age 50, said that Roddick’s game has lifted considerably as a result of his work with Stefanki. “He’s gotten back to what he was before, really penetrating with the forehand.

“But the serve still is obviously the key. The guy just has a monster serve. The fitter you are, the better chance you are going to pull that off.”

30
Apr
09

World Team Tennis is set for a star studded season.

annaWorld Team Tennis gets underway soon, and the roster of players has been determined by an annual draft. Eleven teams will play in a series of matches between July 2nd and July 26th. To find out when the teams will be playing near you check the WTT website for the schedule.

There are some familiar faces on the 11 teams, and some newcomers worth a mention.

NY Sportimers include John McEnroe and Ashley Harkleroad.

Newport Beach Breakers have Maria Sharapova on their team.

Philadelphia Freedoms include Andre Agassi, Vevus Williams and Madison Keyes.

St. Louis Aces include both Kim Clijsters and Anna Kournikova.

Washington Kastles feature Serena Williams.

Boston Lobsters feature Martina Navritalova.

Kansa City Explorers include the popular Bryan Bros.

New York Buzz have a pair of great juniors Alex Domijan and Sloane Stephens.

Sacremento Capitals(defending champions) include Michael Chang and Mark Knowles.

Springfield Lasers include Liezel Huber and Vania King.

If you are a Tennis fan or just a people watcher, these matches will be the highlight of your summer fun. There are usually many unscheduled surprises included that add to the fun, and the players respond with their own antics.

The cause is good, the price is right and the entertainment is second to none. Don’t miss it!

05
Apr
09

mcenroe and federer?…you can’t be serious!

fed-and-mac-3 Former great John McEnroe has offered to help Roger Federer rediscover his form after the Swiss suffered a series of uncharacteristic defeats this year.

Since the start of the season, Federer has failed to win a tournament or beat any of his rivals ranked in the world’s top four.

After the world number two’s latest loss to Serbia‘s Novak Djokovic on Friday, when he was knocked out of the Sony Ericsson Open in the semi-finals, McEnroe said he was willing to lend a helping hand.

“I would really like to help Roger. Especially as he needs to change his strategy if he wants to beat Nadal. And I have an idea about that,” the American was quoted as saying in the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche on Saturday.

“I can’t see myself accompanying a player all year long but it could be really interesting to help out from time to time.”

Federer has failed to beat his greatest rival Rafael Nadal for almost 18 months and has emerged second best in their last five meetings, including five-set final thrillers at last July’s Wimbledon and at the Australian Open in February.

McEnroe said the Spaniard could cause Federer, who is one shy of Pete Sampras‘s all time grand slam title record of 14, even more problems in the future.

“I think (Federer) will beat Pete Sampras’s record of 14 grand slam wins. But it will not be easy at all for him to become world number one again,” McEnroe, a former world number one himself, said.

“Even though Roger is a fantastic player, I think that Nadal will play at a higher level this year than last year provided he stays in a good shape. It could be hard for Roger to keep up.”

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