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Patrick McEnroe

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Biography:

With a career high ranking of number 28 in the world in singles and number three in the world in doubles, retired professional tennis player Patrick McEnroe is not one to be contended with on the court. Sports Speaker McEnroe began his impressive professional career in 1989 when he won the French Open Men’s Double title and the Masters double title with Jim Grabb. In 1991, he reached his first career singles final in Chicago where he lost to his brother John McEnroe, the second time in tour history where two brothers competed against one other. McEnroe’s most prominent Grand Slam singles performance was in the 1991 Australian Open where he reached the semi-finals, but was defeated by the eventual champion Boris Becker. His doubles performance in the 1991 Australian Open was also notable, making it to the finals with partner David Wheaton. Continuing to progress in his singles matches, McEnroe won the men’s singles and obtained his first career singles title at the 1995 Sydney Outdoor Championships. In the same year, McEnroe and Becker went head-to-head when McEnroe beat Becker in the first round of the Australian Open, and when he lost to Becker in a quarterfinal four-set match of the US Open that lasted four hours and seven minutes.

Adding to his career accomplishments, McEnroe competed in the Davis Cup as a doubles player for the US in 1993, 1994, and 1996. With an impressive 3-1 Davis Cup combined record, he was named the 38th captain of the US Davis Cup team in 2000. Before his retirement in 2010, the US won a Cup in December 2007 under his guidance. With a ten-year span as coach, he also holds the record as the longest standing Davis Cup captain for the US.

More recently, McEnroe became the General Manager of USTA Player Development in 2008, which advocates for players ages 10 and under to compete on miniature courts using lightweight tennis balls. McEnroe extended his contract as General Manager for another five years in 2014, hoping to encourage participation in junior tennis and make it more accessible to younger kids.