Thursday, February 16, 2006
By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. - John McEnroe's hair is grayer, his temper tamer and his opponents more powerful than they were when he dominated tennis more than two decades ago. But one of the game's greatest doubles players showed he still has some of the skills that helped him win so many tournaments when he made a triumphant return to the ATP Tour.
McEnroe teamed with Jonas Bjorkman to win his first match in 12 years, 6-3, 6-3 over Wayne Arthurs and Stephen Huss on Wednesday night in a match that ended 19 minutes before McEnroe's 47th birthday (Feb. 16. -ed).
As with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, I grew to admire McEnroe. His temper was as much a bane as a boon to him, but tempers are almost to be expected of perfectionists. Even now, there is no one in tennis with better touch or court vision. Happy birthday, Johnny Mac.