I caught Johnny Mac on Fox playing in a Legends tournament today. There is a big gap in age between him and the others on the tour. Unlike some sports, comparing tennis players across different eras is almost impossible. Technology has evolved. Racquets. Strings. Fitness. For example, nobody serves and volleys at Wimbledon anymore. This was John’s favorite tournament. He’d try to get to the net as much as possible.
With his shortcomings, you would think he wouldn’t stand a chance. Yet, McEnroe remains competitive. He closes fast to the net. Relies on touch and finding the proper angle. Uses spin. Plays the high percentage shots. Perhaps, playing different overcomes other disadvantages. Cheer for the throwbacks. We need them.