McEnroe would like to play Connors again

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 /by
Rob Loud/PowerShares Series
Rob Loud/PowerShares Series

John McEnroe says he would like to play Jimmy Connors again some day. The two old rivals have not faced off since the now 61-year-old Connors' senior tour folded over a decade ago.

“Supposedly, there’s a rumor he’s going to play. I’ve been waiting (for Connors) for over 12 years,” McEnroe told KSL at an event in Utah.

The 55-year-old McEnroe is now playing on the PowerShares Series along with the likes of owner Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, James Blake, and Andy Roddick, among others. McEnroe, Connors, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl are scheduled to play the PowerShares Series event in Nashville on March 12.

McEnroe held a 20-14 lead over Connors in their head-to-head rivalry when they played between 1977 and 1991, including a 6-3 edge in Grand Slam matches. They only played in two Grand Slam finals, a five-set win for Connors at the 1982 Wimbledon and straight-sets win for McEnroe at Wimbledon in 1984. They played in four U.S. Open semifinals, with Connors winning their opening clash in 1978 before McEnroe won the next three.

Connors' most recent position in tennis was as a coach to Maria Sharapova, which he held briefly last summer before she dismissed him.

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