Tennis -- and in New York City, nineteen-year-old McEnroe has firmly established himself in the professional league by winning the Colgate Grand Prix Masters' Tournament.
Tennis -- and in New York City, nineteen-year-old McEnroe has firmly established himself in the professional league by winning the Colgate Grand Prix Masters' Tournament. He defeated the oldest player in the competition, Arthur Ashe, who is thirty-six.
SYNOPSIS: But it wasn't an easy match for the youngster. Ashe, with his superior experience often threatened to out-manoeuvre McEnroe. But with serves like this, the nineteen-year-old was more than an even bet for the championship.
Ashe to serve the tie-breaker.
A classic ace, and Ashe takes the first set, seven - six.
ashe was the outsider who beat Jimmy Connors in the Wimbledon Men's Singles in 1975.
The sportwriters didn't give him a chance then and it looked as if he might upset the experts again on Sunday (14 January). The final saw at least one display of temperament from MCEnroe -- a facet of his character that is becoming increasingly apparent.
But for Ashe, it wasn't to be his day. The second set went to McEnroe, six-three. This was despite dangerous lobs from Ashe and tremendous pressure on McEnroe service. Ashe had already been beaten once by McEnroe when they met in the early rounds of the tournament. but McEnroe did have some answers to Ashe's lobs.
four-four in the third set and McEnroe to serve. At five-four Ashe had two match points, but missed them. This is the match point with the score, McEnroe six-five.
The final score -- six-seven, six-three, seven-five.