John McEnroe was an immensely popular player in his days. Not only that, he is considered among the best tennis players of all times. He won seven Grand Slam titles in his career, including four US Open and three Wimbledon titles. He also won season ending championships for eight times, setting a record. He won five WCT and three Masters Grand Pix titles to set the record.
John McEnroe started playing professional tennis in 1978. From the very beginning of his career, he faced tough rivals such as Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl. Despite his ability to play awesome tennis on any day, he lost his first Wimbledon final to Bjorn Borg. However, McEnroe became an instant hit with media and tennis fans after his performance was called the best in Wimbledon history despite losing. ESPN called it the best final in the history of the tournament.
McEnroe was known for his deceptive service. He was powerful and a sound technician that made his service impossible to handle. His execution was also among his strengths as he became deadly with his volley. He adapted continental style of play that had disappeared because of high level of skill required to play volley and running shots. McEnroe perfected it during his career.
McEnroe was also a wonderful doubles player as he quickly gained reputation for being the best doubles player to have ever lived. He kept World No. 1 spot in doubles for 257 weeks, which is a record. His team with Peter Fleming was impeccable as the duo won 57 doubles titles together.
The prestige of U.S open had been in the hands of United States during the era of 1989-1980. Ivan Lendl of the top professional tennis player from United States captured the finals 8 times and claimed the title three consecutive times. John McEnroe was another famous tennis player who aided U.S dominating this era, by winning the title three times. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:
Year 1989-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1989: Boris Becker
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1989: Ivan Lendl
Year 1988-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1988: Mats Wilander
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1988: Ivan Lendl
Year 1987-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1987: Mats Wilander
Year 1986-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1986: Miloslav Mecir
Year 1985-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1985: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1985: John McEnroe
Year 1984-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1984: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1984: Ivan Lendl
Year 1983-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1983: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1983: Ivan Lendl
Year 1982-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1982: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1982: Ivan Lendl
Year 1981-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1981: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg
Year 1980-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1980: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
The era of 1979-1970 shows the superiority of United State’s players. Among the famous male tennis player names from United States were Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. One of the Australian tennis player names which shows little dominance is of Ken Rosewall, winning the title once and ending up runner up in 1974. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open Tennis Championship during 1979-1970 is as follow:
Year 1979-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1979: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1979: Vitas Gerulaitis
Year 1978-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1978: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1978: Bjorn Borg
Year 1977-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1977: Guillermo Vilas
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1977: Jimmy Connors
Year 1976-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1976: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1976: Bjorn Borg
Year 1975-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1975: Manuel Orantes
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1975: Jimmy Connors
Year 1974-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1974: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1974: Ken Rosewall
Year 1973-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1973: John Newcombe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1973: Jan Kodes
Year 1972-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1972: Ilie Nastase
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1972: Arthur Ashe
Year 1971-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1971: Stan Smith
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1971: Jan Kodes
Year 1970-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1970: Ken Rosewall
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1970: Tony Roche
John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors
Winning the 1980’s U.S Open in the epic 5th set win of 7-6, after loosing the third set 0-6, was a miraculous come back of one the legendry tennis players i.e. John McEnroe, against the bitter and nerve cracking opponent Jimmy Connors, which forced Jimmy Connors to make the statement “something like that never goes away, especially between Mac and myself”.
The epic battle of bitter rivalry between the two J’s, John and his fellow U.S opponent Jimmy, led the United States tennis flying high on the clouds of victory and honors, thus always giving the spectators a true reward of their money and time in the shape of the utter excitement and the peak of professional tennis. Both the U.S tennis giants met 34 times in the time span of 1977 to 1991, with John McEnroe leading the battle 20-14.
The stirred rivalry has generated few of the greatest matches in the history of the tennis, putting the buzz in the minds of the fans, as to who is better. A question remains unanswered to till date.
Don Budge vs. Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried Alexander Maximilian Walter Kurt Freiherr von Cramm commonly known on the court as “Baron”, a German tennis star remained under the stir rivalry of a United States tennis giant and former world no. 1 Don Budge.
The rivalry become the fight for prestige and honor, in a nerve wrecking battle between the two in Davis Cup Final in Wimbledon in 1937, under the shores of the world war and the war of the tennis between the Germany and the United States. In the epic decider, Budge was down and Gottfried von Cramm had the decisive lead of 4-1, but then Budge fought back and won the historical match by 8-6, and sealed the victory for United States.
Budge was famous for his all round game, with the combination of strong volleys, powerful serve and great technique. He turned himself into a world class player and eventually world number one. Gottfried von Cramm had a controversial tennis career filled by imprisonment and other accusations, which reduced his tennis career and quality of game.
Their rivalry was not a rivalry of individuals; instead it turned out to be the rivalry between the two countries which makes it famous and controversial worldwide.
A classic rivalry of ice and fire exists between the two former world number ones; the Swedish Master, Bjorn Borg and the United States legend, John McEnroe. Both of them are two entirely opposite sports personalities, one famous for his cool and emotionless rhythm and the other for his heated temperament and for his harsh conversation during the match.
In the tennis history, two of the greatest ever matches, bloomed in the skies of their rivalry profile. The epic five sets of Wimbledon final of 1980 show the power of Bjorn Borg, and in the same year 5 set U.S Open final victory of John McEnroe was proven to be a true tale of gigantic victory followed by the hungry title seeking battle of revenge which later proved to have the haunted impact on John McEnroe career and eventually forced him to say that; “he never really recovered psychologically, nor could have been able to enjoy his tennis since that victory walked away from his hands”.
With 16 head to head encounters between the Swedish crown and the States genius, a close 9-7 head to head lead of Bjorn Borg, couldn’t be easier to reconcile the myth of the two former World Number Ones.
Wimbledon has a history of challenging competitions and one of the prime examples is the era of 1989-1980, when the title went into the hands of United States, Sweden and Germany. This era ended the victorious journey of Bjorn Borg, a Swedish Tennis Player who was highly ranked amongst the professional tennis players’ names in history. Other top names include John McEnroe and Boris Becker who won the title 3 times in this era. Boris Becker became the youngest man ever to have won Wimbledon championship in 1985. He was just 15 years old when he raised the coveted silver trophy on the centre court. Boris Becker is also the first German ever to have won the title, along with being the first unseeded player to do so. Boris took three hours and 18 minutes to defeat South African Born American Kevin Curren to win the Wimbledon Championship. Boris won the Wimbledon championship again in the following year and then for the third time in 1989. His attacking style of tennis based on massive and dramatic serves and diving volleys defined the tennis game for men for many years. McEnroe not only won 3 Wimbledon titles but he also brought style and charisma to centre court. He was often booed upon for his extreme and inexcusable behavior but he was loved for his delicacy and tough mind which he showed in his game.
The list of male winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:
Year 1989-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1989: Boris Becker
- Runner-up (male)-1989: Stefan Edberg
Year 1988-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1988: Stefan Edberg
- Runner-up (male)-1988: Boris Becker
Year 1987-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1987: Pat Cash
- Runner-up (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl
Year 1986-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1986: Boris Becker
- Runner-up (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl
Year 1985-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1985: Boris Becker
- Runner-up (male)-1985: Kevin Curren
Year 1984-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1984: John McEnroe
- Runner-up (male)-1984: Jimmy Connors
Year 1983-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1983: John McEnroe
- Runner-up (male)-1983: Chris Lewis
Year 1982-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1982: Jimmy Connors
- Runner-up (male)-1982: John McEnroe
Year 1981-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1981: John McEnroe
- Runner-up (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg
Year 1980-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
- Runner-up (male)-1980: John McEnroe
Hard courts are the most-liked ground of all surfaces. The reason behind the preference and popularity is that it gives a more level playing field for the parties. One of the most attractive features about hard courts is that it is easy to maintain unlike other courts. Thereby it proves to be the most recreational ground for tennis for all. The neutrality of the hard courts is because of the fact that it provides a favorable ground for all kinds of players. It is a readily available and does not require as much work like the clay court and grass court. The hard court is the best ground for power packed performers who put in great force in the game. Hard Court tennis is similar to that of clay court and is played on a concrete surface. Unlike grass court, hard court helps the ball to bounce at a greater height. Hard courts usually have a faster-paced ball that gives a very quick bounce. Some of the top tournaments like that of Australian Open Championship and US Open Championship are played in the hard court. The common base for a hard court is asphalt and concrete. The asphalt or concrete is generally made of padded material with rubbery coatings withjust a thin sealer and special paint. Hard courts can vary in speed and ball bounce depending on their composition. The hard courts at the US Open are made of Deco Turf which gives good speed. The Australian Open uses Rebound Ace that gives good bounce.
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- Bill Tilden
- Jimmy Connors
- Roger Federer
- Pete Sampras
- John McEnroe
- Robert Wrenn
- Ivan Lendl
- Fred Perry
Both defensive players and the power players find hard court easy to play on. It proves to be the best ground to showcase the real talent the players.
Tennis is a game of power, mental toughness and sheer skill where a player needs to learn each and every shot of the game in order to become a champion player. It is mandatory to learn all the shots of a tennis game in order to avoid the weaknesses that can explored by the opponent. Let us today learn about the art of volley, one of the easy winning shots of a game of tennis.
A volley is a shot that is played even before the ball bounces on the court. Generally, the volley is played from the net but there are many instances when the volley is played from the baseline or middle of the court. The general purpose of hitting a volley is to reduce the reaction time of the opposition player and there are less chances of getting a strong reply shot from the opponent. Another purpose is to avoid the bad bounce from the surface. There are several players that are known as serve and volleyers. They first serve the ball and play the return volley on the return of their serve. Tim Henman of Great Britain was one of best serve and volley players. If the shot is played on the rise of the ball (just after the bounce), it is known as a half-volley which is considered to be one of the very toughest shots in the game of tennis. John McEnroe was known to be the best half-volley player. In the present tennis players, Roger Federer excels at playing volley.
With the highest competition at tennis level, each and every player tries to establish himself/herself as the best surface player. When it comes to clay court, nobody can beat the record of Rafael Nadal for his winning streak of eighty-one consecutive games. But, who is the best grass court player? This is a difficult question as nobody has dominated this court as well as Nadal has dominated the clay court. Probably, the only player who could be said to be best on a grass court is none other than Ivan Lendl who possesses a76% winning record with his 81-25 figures.
Even though, Lendl always criticized grass courts but nobody else has improved their performance on grass court as well as Ivan did. He also held the world record of being number one for 270 weeks which was broken by Pete Sampras later on who was another legend of grass court. The Ivan Lendl’s success came through 95% hard-work and talent and only 5% luck. Even after possessing such a good record on grass court, he never won Wimbledon, the biggest Grand Slam of the grass courts. This is due to the reason that he played in an era when some of the best grass court players like John McEnroe, Stephen Edberg and Boris Becker were also playing.
In the current regime, Roger Federer has clearly dominated the grass court by winning Wimbledon 6 times, consecutively 5 times from 2003-2007 and later winning in 2009. Nadal with this absolutely brilliant clay performance hasn’t been very successful on the grass court. For some Federer fans, Wimbledon is his thing!
To start with, the best of the best-undisputed king of the tennis world, Pete Sampras, holds seven Wimbledon singles titles in his bag of trophies. He remained the King of Wimbledon in the 90s as he remained the titleholder from1993 to 1995. 1996 was the year when Richard Krajicek became the Wimbledon Champion by beating MaliVai Washington, whereas Sampras lost to him in the quarterfinal. Pete Sampras again carried on his victorious journey by winning four consecutive Wimbledon trophies from 1997-2000.
Next to follow is the tennis legend Bjorn Borg who won this esteemed trophy for five consecutive years. He remained champion from 1976 to 1980. He would have won Wimbledon in 1981, but lost to John McEnroe and remained runner up in the contest. Despite Pete Sampras being the King of the tennis world, Bjorn is the Emperor. It is due to the fact that not only he won the five consecutive Wimbledon titles but also won the French Open doubles event three times in a row along with three consecutive successes at Wimbledon which the tennis guru’s stated as “the most difficult double in tennis.” Sampras never won any French Open titles while Federer, with his latest victory at the French Open, has become the second after Borg to hold both the titles.