In 1978, McEnroe signed one of the first professional endorsement deals in tennis: an 8-year clothing contract with Sergio Tacchini. That same year, Nike signed him for a shoe-contract. McEnroe was the top money maker of the day, and even when he wasn’t winning, he received considerable attention due to his frequent on-court outbursts.

In the late 70s, Nike launched the Rebel with a cause campaign (a reference to James Dean’s film Rebel without a cause).

John was featured in commercials and billboards advertisements, which portrayed him as the quick-tempered player he was.

McEnroe continued to wear Sergio Tacchini clothes until the mid-80’s, he then signed a clothes and shoes contract with Nike.

Did you know that the famous Agassi’s denim shorts were originally designed for Mac but he refused to wear them.

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7 times Grand Slam champion John McEnroe is know as much for his fiery temper as for his tennis achievements.

Here’s a little selection of his most famous outbursts:

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This year’s event (from 1 to 3 October) will take place for the first time in the Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium in Paris, home of the WTA Open Gaz de France tournament.
The line-up will be quite exceptional, with 4 former world number one, with a total of 28 singles Grand Slam titles! This tournament will also mark Ivan Lendl’s return to the competition.

The tournament has the typical senior event format: 2 groups of 3 players, with the winners of each group facing each other in final. The match will be played in the best of 3 sets with a match tie-break.

Group A Group B
Ivan Lendl Stefan Edberg
John McEnroe Cédric Pioline
Mats Wilander Guy Forget

Ivan Lendl

* Birthdate: March 7, 1960
* Born: Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1978-1994
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (Feb 28, 1983)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 20 (May 12, 1986)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 94
* Doubles Titles: 6

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1984 French Open Clay John McEnroe 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
1985 US Open Hard John McEnroe 7–6(1), 6–3, 6–4
1986 French Open (2) Clay Mikael Pernfors 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
1986 US Open (2) Hard Miloslav Mecir 6–4, 6–2, 6–0
1987 French Open (3) Clay Mats Wilander 7–5, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(3)
1987 US Open (3) Hard Mats Wilander 6–7(7), 6–0, 7–6(4), 6–4
1989 Australian Open Clay Miloslav Mecir 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
1990 Australian Open (2) Hard Stefan Edberg 4–6, 7–6(3), 5–2 retired

Ivan Lendl will end a period of 16 years out of tennis by playing in an ATP Champions Tour for the first time. The former world number one and winner of 8 Grand Slam titles will make his long awaited tour debut at the Lagardère Trophy in Paris. He will face two of his biggest rivals: John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.
Since retiring in 1994, Lendl has barely lifted a tennis racquet, prefering to spend time on golf courses.

If you want to know more about Lendl’s influence on today’s game, read this article: Father of Modern Tennis.

John McEnroe

* Birthdate: February 16, 1959
* Born: Wiesbaden, Germany
* Plays: Left-handed
* Pro career: 1978-1992
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (March 3, 1980)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 1 (January 3, 1983)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 77
* Doubles Titles: 78

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1979 US Open Hard Vitas Gerulaitis 7–5, 6–3, 6–3
1980 US Open (2) Hard Bjorn Borg 7–6, 6–1, 6–7, 5–7, 6–4
1981 Wimbledon Grass Bjorn Borg 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–4
1981 US Open (3) Hard Bjorn Borg 4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
1983 Wimbledon (2) Grass Chris Lewis 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
1984 Wimbledon (3) Grass Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
1984 US Open (4) Hard Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–4, 6–1

John McEnroe now works as a sports commentator in tennis and has regularly appeared in US national telecasts of Grand Slam tennis matches on such networks as CBS, NBC, USA, and ESPN, as has his brother Patrick. He also commentates on Wimbledon for the BBC in the UK.
He recently launched the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in his hometown of New York City.
McEnroe will compete the Jean-Luc Lagardère Cup for the fourth time.

Mats Wilander

* Birthdate: August 22, 1964
* Born: Vaxjo, Sweden
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1981-1996
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (September 12, 1988)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 3 (October 21, 1985)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 33
* Doubles Titles: 7

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1982 French Open Clay Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 7–6(6), 6–0, 6–4
1983 Australian Open Grass Ivan Lendl 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
1984 Australian Open (2) Grass Kevin Curren 6–7(5), 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2
1985 French Open (2) Clay Ivan Lendl 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
1988 Australian Open (3) Hard Pat Cash 6–3, 6–7(3), 3–6, 6–1, 8–6
1988 French Open (3) Clay Henri Leconte 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
1988 US Open Hard Ivan Lendl 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4

Since retiring as a player, he has served as captain of the Swedish Davis Cup team and as coach of Marat Safin, Tatiana Golovin and Paul Henri Mathieu. He also commentates tennis matches on Eurosport.
Find more about Mats on Wilander Tribute.

Stefan Edberg

* Birthdate: January 19, 1966
* Born: Vastervik, Sweden
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1983-1996
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (Aug 13, 1990)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 1 (June 9, 1986)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 42
* Doubles Titles: 18

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1985 Australian Open Grass Mats Wilander 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
1987 Australian Open (2) Grass Pat Cash 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4)
1988 Wimbledon Grass Boris Becker 4–6, 7–6(2), 6–4, 6–2
1990 Wimbledon (2) Grass Boris Becker 6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4
1991 US Open Hard Jim Courier 6–2, 6–4, 6–0
1992 US Open (2) Hard Pete Sampras 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(5), 6–2

For Edberg, it’s the 3rd visit to the Trophée Lagardère. He made his senior debut here in 2008. Despite the tournament being on clay, his least favorite surface, he won the title, beating Sergi Bruguera in the final. Last year, he was defeated by Michael Chang in a rematch of the unforgettable 1989 French Open final, and finished third.

Cédric Pioline

* Birthdate: June 15, 1969
* Born: Neuilly-Seine, France
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1989-2002
* Highest ATP Singles: 5 (May 8, 2000)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 93 (January 13, 2003)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 5
* Doubles Titles: 1

Pioline is a two time former Grand Slam finalist, having reached the men’s singles final at the 1993 US Open and at Wimbledon in 1997. On both occasions, he was beaten by Pete Sampras in straight sets.
Pioline is the tournament director of the ATP Masters Series event in Paris Bercy. (Watch out for our Bercy coverage next month).

Guy Forget

* Birthdate: January 1, 1968
* Born: Casablanca, Morocco
* Plays: Left-handed
* Pro career: 1982 -1997
* Highest ATP Singles: 4 (March 25, 1991)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 3 (August 18, 1986)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 11
* Doubles Titles: 28

Forget reached a career high 4th place ranking in 1991, the year he won 6 titles including the Bercy Masters Series tournament.
He now serves as France’s Davis Cup team captain and tournament director of the ATP Champions Tour event in Paris, the Lagardère Trophy.

On September 7, 1980, McEnroe attained glorious and Grand Slam revenge at Louis Armstrong Stadium in 5 exhilarating and draining sets against his polar opposite and favorite dueling partner, Bjorn Borg.

Borg, 24, was the dominant force in tennis, winning 3 straight French Open and 3 straight Wimbledon. He had lost only once in 1980 and was reaping 3 millions $ a year in endorsements. But he had yet to solve the US Open, having lost 2 finals to Jimmy Connors and been upset by Roscoe Tanner in 1979.

After his Wimbledon epic, however, Borg publicly declared himself ready to conquer New York. At Flushing Meadows, Borg overcame Tanner in 5 sets in the quarterfinals, then dropped 2 sets to Johan Kriek in the semies before destroying him 6-1 6-1 6-1. McEnroe, the defending champion was all that stood in his way.

McEnroe had beat up and comer Ivan Lendl in 4 sets in the quarterfinals on Thursday, 5 sets in the men’s doubles final on Friday, and on Saturday outlasted his other archrival Jimmy Connors. McEnroe emerged the victor after 4h16, with a hard fought 5th set tiebreaker.

Lefties like McEnroe had won the previous 6 US Opens, but Borg who had defeated McEnroe in 4 of their 5 previous meetings, seemed unbeatable…


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Site: USTA Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY
Dates: Monday, August 29 – Sunday, September 11 2011
Qualifying Matches: Begin Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Friday, August 26
Main Draw: Thursday, August 25. Main Draw begins Monday, August 29
US Open official website: http://www.usopen.org/

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Tickets:
They can be purchased in person at any Ticketmaster outlet location or by visiting the Box Office located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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Wimbledon Centre Court

Men’s Wimbledon tennis statistics:

Open era records (since 1968):
Most titles, singles: Pete Sampras, 7 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and Roger Federer, 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
Most titles in a row, singles: Bjorn Borg, 5 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) and Roger Federer, 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Most titles, doubles: Todd Woodbridge, 9 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000 (with Mark Woodforde), 2002, 2003, 2004 (with Jonas Björkman))
Most titles, mixed doubles: Owen Davidson, 3 (1971, 1973, 1974 (with Billie Jean King))
Most titles, all events: Todd Woodbridge, 9
Youngest winner, singles: Boris Becker, 17
Longest men’s final by time: Rafael Nadal d Roger Federer, 2008, 4 hours and 48 mins
Longest men’s final by games: Roger Federer d Andy Roddick, 2009, 77 games
Longest men’s match by time: John Isner d Nicolas Mahut, 2010, 11 hours and 5 mins
Longest men’s match by games: John Isner d Nicolas Mahut, 2010, 183 games

Court 18

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