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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