30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 20: Favorite men’s Slam champion
August 16, 2011 4 Comments
So please correct me if I’m wrong, but unless you’re traditionally a fan of underdogs (or Andy Murray) either your favorite or favorite retired men’s player will feature here, right?
At least that’s what they’re expecting you to do. But if I were predictable, you wouldn’t be here, I guess. I guess you wouldn’t be here. And guess I’m unpredictable too.
Very well. That’s why I will pay tribute to one of the best players I’ve never watched live.
Winner of seven Grand Slam shields from 1979 and 1984 (four US Open and three Wimbledon) and 77 overall titles, John McEnroe is the father of all the fiery, umpire-unfriendly, line call-arguer, racquet-breaking player out there. In other words, he is awesome – even today. And oh, did I mention he was an outstanding doubles player too, capping 71 titles (most with Peter Fleming) and still today holds the record for most consecutive and overall weeks as the head of the doubles ranking?
Mac was like, the Navratilova of his time. Kinda. What else? Oh, right. Big Mac was Nole before Nole – capping a 88-3 season in 1984, winning two of the three Slams (nobody played the Aussie Open back then) – only failing to do so at the French Open, where squandered a two-set lead on Ivan Lendl.
McEnroe spent over 100 weeks as the ATP #1 and finished his singles career at the end of the 1992 season. He still plays tennis on the Champions Tour.