Soares: Let’s see McEnroe return Verdasco’s forehand

by: Matt Cronin December 16, 2013

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In an interview with Tennis News Brazil, doubles standout Bruno Soares responds to John McEnroe’s comments that the tour should abolish doubles because there is little interest in it, and because top singles players rarely play it anymore. McEnroe, who won 78 career doubles titles, considers the level of doubles play weak overall.

"I do not agree, it was a bit unfortunate," Soares said of McEnroe's remarks. “He understands much of the sport and sees that the sport has evolved but when he speaks of doubles he’s referring to players who are at the bottom. I would like to see him one day return the forehand of Fernando Verdasco and see what it feels like. In his time that did not exist, the game was played more slowly. Times have changed."

Soares added that he would like to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal take on the world’s top team of Mike and Bob Bryan.

"I would love to [see it] and I would put all my money on the Bryans,” he said. “I really do not know why McEnroe touched on the subject. [The Bryans] are in a fantastic moment. Put the two best in the history of the doubles against the two best in singles and I would  love to see the challenge.”

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