John McEnroe: There is a lot at stake for USTA, tennis and sport in general

by   |  VIEW 2700

John McEnroe: There is a lot at stake for USTA, tennis and sport in general

Tennis legend John McEnroe says the current crisis and lockdown has been the most bizarre experience of his life, in an interview to BBC Sport.

John McEnroe on the US Open and the current crisis

The former World No. 1, who is now one of the top commentators in the tennis world, was speaking to BBC Sport and said the current lockdown has been strange and disturbing.

"It's weird. It was the strangest experience of my life. I can't believe what's going on, it's really disturbing" The US Open is scheduled to be held in New York next month and McEnroe says there are many issues yet to be resolved.

"We will have to wait and see. The NBA will resume in a bubble at Disney. Other sports are doing it it too. To a lesser degree, this is what will happen in New York. Even if the number of cases explodes in Florida or elsewhere in the United States, in New York the situation is better than before.

Today, I think the tournament will take place. I think players will be as protected as possible. I do not know the protocol, the constraints that will be put in place,…. There are many issues to be resolved in the coming weeks.

There is a lot at stake for USTA, tennis and sport in general. Every effort will be made to get there. Even if I have a mixed opinion regarding the empty stands and the constraints, it is important for our sport to come back.

” Speaking about the Adria Tour exhibition event, McEnroe says he hopes other events will learn from the mistakes made going forward. ”When we saw what happened to Djokovic, when we saw those full stands, we wondered if it was real.

It was strange and not surprisingly, it didn't end well. I hope that we will learn the necessary lessons." John McEnroe reached the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, winning 77 singles and 78 doubles titles; which remains the highest men's combined total of the Open Era.

He won seven Grand Slam singles titles, four at the US Open and three at Wimbledon, and nine men's Grand Slam doubles titles. McEnroe was part of five Davis Cup titles for the U.S. and was also team captain later.