Former US Davis Cup captain and current ESPN tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe has been hunkered down in his basement for the past 11 days after showing signs of symptoms of the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the 53-year-old uploaded a video on Twitter with a message stating he’s tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting a drive-through test center in Westchester County earlier in the day. The 1989 French Open doubles champion joins 20-year-old Thiago Seyboth Wild as member of the global tennis family to disclose contracting the illness.
“It did come back positive, that’s the bad news. The good news is I feel fine,” said McEnroe. “My symptoms have passed. I feel 100 percent. My wife Melissa is doing an unbelievable job taking care of the house, the kids and myself.”
Update... pic.twitter.com/5P1diSt98D— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) March 31, 2020
Over the past several days, New York has evolved into the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic with a soaring number of confirmed cases, with New York City accounting for 37,453 of the state’s 66,497 (as of Monday afternoon). Extreme measures have been taken throughout the Big Apple, including plans to transform the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center into a temporary hospital occupying 350 beds, along with using Louis Armstrong Stadium as a base to operate a commissary.
McEnroe, who served as the USTA’s General Manager of Player Development from 2008-2014, echoes words of wisdom for his community to come together by taking every precaution possible.
“We’ve been on full quarantine, our entire household, for well over two weeks now. I encourage everyone to do the same. Let’s get this thing,” declared McEnroe. “I’m an example of someone that’s been able to fight through it. Thoughts and prayers to all those people who are struggling with this. We’ve got to listen and stay home.”
Andy Roddick, who led the U.S. to its last Davis Cup title in 2007 with McEnroe at the helm, tweeted, "Hang in there Cap."