Champions Cup tennis notebook: Legends play to the crowd

Legendary bad boy John McEnroe cussed and screamed at linesmen and officials.
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 6, 2014

On the Champions Cup tennis circuit, players talk during matches. Legendary bad boy John McEnroe wasted no time playing to the crowd Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Early in his semifinal match with Ivan Lendl, McEnroe cussed and screamed at linesmen and officials.

“Hey, John,” Lendl hollered. “If you're going to act like that, make sure it's loud enough we all can enjoy it.”

Other humorous one-liners from the three matches Thursday night:

McEnroe to Lendl: “You should know after 35 years where I'm going to hit it.”

Jim Courier on Michael Chang's behind-the-back shot that landed out of bounds: “I'd love to give him that one on style but ...”

After a fan yelled: “Are you serious?” McEnroe paused and hollered back: “I did it first.”

Courier told the umpire “no coaching from the stands” when a small child screamed. Chang responded: “It actually is encouraging for me. I have a 1- and 3-year-old.”


The Champions Cup, featuring a dozen former tennis legends, often is compared to golf's Champions Tour. Best known for his historic win at the 1989 French Open at age 17, Chang said there is one huge difference.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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