Tennis and the world's second-ranked player, John McEnroe has won the Memphis Racquet Club title.
CU PULL BACK TO LONG VIEW Game in progress with McEnroe (facing camera) serving to Jimmy Connors and winning point after long rally
TV Crowd watch as McEnroe serves and Connors wins point when McEnroe nets (2 shots)
SV AND TV Crowd watch as Connors serves and loses point to McEnroe's overhead smash
SV Scoreboard 7-6 to McEnroe
TV ZOOM IN McEnroe serves and wins point after long rally when Connors completely mistimes backhand volley at net ZOOM IN TO Connors clowning a funny walk
TV Crowd applaud and McEnroe serves and loses point as puts ball out of court after being wrong-footed by Connors (3 shots)
LV Scoreboard 6-6 in second set
Match point McEnroe serves, Connors returns out of court, players shake hands at net and walk off
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Background: Tennis and the world's second-ranked player, John McEnroe has won the Memphis Racquet Club title. He beat Jimmy Connors seven-six, seven-six on Sunday (2 March) in a match that was labelled as a classic.
SYNOPSIS: These two players generate a lot of tension, and both fans and promoters are delighted to have them matched in a final, this one carrying a first prize of forty thousand dollars (20 thousand pounds). Here, the crowd of six thousand was solidly behind Connors.
This clash between the tow bad boys of top-class tennis produced a brilliant contest studded with fine shots and drama. Both players are fierce competitors, whose intensity and court antics have angered galleries around the worlds.
Connors serving on a tie-break and trying to save the set. He is reminded the hard way that McEnroe's overhead talents are too strong to float the ball high to him. First set to McEnroe.
In earlier matches, McEnroe's play had been erratic. But he rose to challenge of Connors, serving crisply and volleying with precision. Though, at times, Connors helped his cause with loose shots.
Connors had won this tournament int he past two years, and was trying to become the first player to win it six times. After a rally, an error from McEnroe raised hopes that he could create a new record. Fro the second time, they moved into a tie-break.
Match point with McEnroe serving. He had the incentive of knowing that victory here would lift him into top place on the Association of Tennis Professionals computer ratings. He won, to nudge Bjorn Borg from the top sport. Connors knew he had played below his best at key points, but still gathered twenty thousand dollars as runner up.