John McEnroe shows he’s still got it in Atlanta Open exhibition

John McEnroe may be 57 years old and 32 years removed from his last Grand Slam victory, but he showed on Sunday that he hasn’t lost his touch on a tennis court.

McEnroe defeated 1996 Atlanta Olympics silver medalist Sergi Bruguera in an exhibition match held to celebrate the start of the 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open. The match ended with McEnroe up 4-1 in the first set when two-time French Open champion Bruguera injured his leg and was forced to bow out.

“They don’t make these young guys like they used to,” McEnroe said about the 45-year-old Bruguera. “But, really, Sergi feels really bad about what happened.”

McEnroe stuck around once the match had ended and volleyed with a few of the tournaments ball kids as well as tournament director Eddie Gonzalez. Once the playing was over, he signed autographs and called it a night.

“I try to stay involved with the upcoming generation (of players) by staying involved with matches like this,” McEnroe said.

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