Marcelo Rios confirms he doesn't really have a good relationship with John McEnroe after their senior tour feud in 2006. After retiring from pro tennis at the age of 28 in 2004, former world No 1 Rios shortly after joined the senior tour.
As Rios was dominating and being ranked at No 1 on the senior tour rankings, McEnroe - who was 47 at the time - wasn't happy at all as he thought that it made no sense to have a 30-year-old player competing on the senior time. "He kicked me out of the veterans' tour; he was like the owner who organized it.
As I was doing well, he thought I was too young and everything. He told me I couldn't play anymore. I was beating the hell out of everyone, so he said 'goodbye.' I don't talk much with him. When I've run into him, it's like I don't have much to say.
It's not that I dislike him, but I hate it when they talk on TV about how I never won a Grand Slam, about this and that, and they kept going on about it. I never got along very well with the Americans," Rios said.
How Rios responded to McEnroe's criticism in 2006
In 2006, McEnroe publicly complained about a 30-year-old Rios being allowed to compete before their quarterfinal match at the BlackRock Masters. "They've bastardized the whole thing.
It started with the cut-off being 35, which seemed reasonable. I think we are losing credibility. It started with the cut-off being 35, which seemed reasonable. I think we are losing credibility," McEnroe said in 2006. After beating Pat Cash in less than an hour at the tournament, Rios was told about McEnroe's comments. "The only say this because I am winning. Maybe McEnroe is too old," Rios said at the time.