Patrick McEnroe

Patrick McEnroe

Infobox Tennis player
playername = Patrick McEnroe


country = USA
residence = Oyster Bay, New York
datebirth = birth date and age|1966|7|1
placebirth = Manhasset, New York
height = height|ft=6
weight = convert|160|lb|kg st|abbr=on|lk=on
turnedpro = 1988
retired = 1998
plays = Right-handed
careerprizemoney = US$3,118,316
singlesrecord = 140–163
singlestitles = 1
highestsinglesranking = 28 (September 11, 1995)
AustralianOpenresult = SF (1991)
FrenchOpenresult = 3r (1991)
Wimbledonresult = 2r (1991, 1992, 1995)
USOpenresult = QF (1995)
doublesrecord = 310–182
doublestitles = 16
highestdoublesranking = 3 (April 12, 1993)

Patrick McEnroe (born July 1, 1966) is an American former professional tennis player and the present Captain of the United States Davis Cup team.

Born in Manhasset, New York, he is the younger brother of tennis legend John McEnroe. Though his playing career was not nearly as successful as that of his older brother, Patrick was a world-class player in his own right. He was particularly successful in doubles play, where he won 17 professional titles including the 1989 French Open men's doubles.

Junior player

As a junior player, McEnroe partnered Luke Jensen to win the French Junior doubles and the USTA Boys' 18 National and Clay Court titles in 1984. He also made his first impact on the professional tour that year, teaming up with brother John to win the doubles title at Richmond, Virginia. He won the men's doubles gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games with Jensen, and helped Stanford University win the NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. While at Stanford, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. McEnroe graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a degree in political science, and then joined the professional tennis tour.

Professional career

In 1989, McEnroe won the French Open men's doubles title and the Masters doubles title partnering Jim Grabb.

His first career singles final came in 1991 at Chicago, where he faced his brother John. John won the match 3–6, 6–2, 6–4. (This was the second time in tour history where two brothers faced each other in a tournament final, after Emilio Sánchez and Javier Sánchez met in the Madrid final in 1987.)

McEnroe's best Grand Slam singles performance came at the 1991 Australian Open, where he reached the semi-finals before being knocked-out by eventual-champion Boris Becker. (Commenting on his fellow semi-finalists, he told the press: "It's just like you all expected – Edberg, Lendl, McEnroe and Becker".) He was also runner-up in the men's doubles at the Australian Open that year, partnering his former Stanford team-mate David Wheaton.

McEnroe won the men's singles at the Sydney Outdoor Championships in 1995, to claim his first (and only) career singles title. He also had some notable Grand Slam singles results that year – beating Boris Becker in the first round of the Australian Open (before eventually losing in the fourth round), and then reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open where he lost to Becker in an epic four-hour and seven-minute four-set marathon.

But perhaps McEnroe's most memorable career moment comes as a catalyst of tennis legend (and older brother John's own rival) Jimmy Connors legendary run during the 1991 U.S. Open. In the 1st Round of the 1991 U.S. Open, while leading Connors two sets and 3–0 in the third set, Connors came back to win in 5 sets, walking off the court at 1:35 in the morning, after 4 hours and 18 minutes of play.

McEnroe retired from the professional tour in 1998.

Davis Cup

In the Davis Cup, McEnroe represented his country as a doubles player in 1993, 1994 and 1996, compiling a 3–1 record. In 2000, after older-brother John resigned following an unhappy 14-month spell as Captain, he was named the 38th Captain of the United States Davis Cup team. [http://www.allsports.com/cgi-bin/showstory.cgi?story_id=10626]

With McEnroe as captain, the Davis Cup team won the Cup for the U.S. in December, 2007.

Personal life

On 19 December 1998, he married singer and actress Melissa Errico. They have one daughter, Victoria Penny.

They are currently expecting twins.

Distinctions and honors

*His career-high singles ranking was World No. 28 in 1995.
*His career-high doubles ranking was World No. 3 in 1993.
*McEnroe served as captain of the U.S. men's tennis team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
*He is a part owner of the New York Sportimes of World TeamTennis. His brother John is a player on the team.
*McEnroe serves as a TV commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN.
*He used to be the sports reporter for "Imus in the Morning", before quitting on air due to a lack of airtime. He has since returned to WFAN on a trial basis from May 7–9, co-hosting with Chris Russo May 7 and his brother John May 8 and 9, as an audition for the slot formerly held by Imus in the Morning.
*He is an analyst for the "1st and 10" segment on ESPN First Take.
*He also guest hosts for the ESPN program "Pardon The Interruption" (PTI).

Grand Slam finals (2)

Doubles champion (1)

ingles runner-up (3)

*1991: Chicago (lost to John McEnroe)
*1994: Auckland (lost to Magnus Gustafsson), Basel (lost to Wayne Ferreira)

Doubles champion (16)

Doubles runner-up (21)

*1988: Schenectady (with Paul Annacone, lost to Alexander Mronz/Greg van Emburgh), Cincinnati (with Jim Grabb, lost to Rick Leach/Jim Pugh)
*1989: Key Biscayne (with Jim Grabb, lost to Jakob Hlasek/Anders Järryd), Rio de Janeiro (with Tim Wilkison, lost to Jorge Lozano/Todd Witsken), Washington (with Jim Grabb, lost to Neil Broad/Gary Muller)
*1990: Indian Wells (with Jim Grabb, lost to Boris Becker/Guy Forget), Rosmalen (with Jim Grabb, lost to Jakob Hlasek/Michael Stich)
*1991: Australian Open (with David Wheaton, lost to Scott Davis/David Pate), Vienna (with Jakob Hlasek, lost to Anders Järryd/Gary Muller)
*1992: Cincinnati (with Jonathan Stark, lost to Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde), New Haven (with Jared Palmer, lost to Kelly Jones/Rick Leach), Brisbane (with Jonathan Stark, lost to Steve DeVries/David Macpherson), Antwerp (with Jared Palmer, lost to John Fitzgerald/Anders Järryd)
*1993: San Francisco (with Jonathan Stark, lost to Scott Davis/Jacco Eltingh), Key Biscayne (with Jonathan Stark, lost to Richard Krajicek/Jan Siemerink)
*1994: Tokyo Outdoor (with Sebastien Lareau, lost to Henrik Holm/Anders Järryd), Toronto (with Jared Palmer, lost to Byron Black/Jonathan Stark), Toulouse (with Jared Palmer, lost to Menno Oosting/Daniel Vacek)
*1995: Key Biscayne (with Jim Grabb, lost to Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde), Tokyo Indoor (with Jakob Hlasek, lost to Jacco Eltingh/Paul Haarhuis)
*1996: Sydney Outdoor (with Sandon Stolle, lost to Ellis Ferreira/Jan Siemerink)

References

Further reading

*cite book |author=Bodo, Peter; McEnroe, Patrick |title=Tennis for dummies |publisher=IDG Books Worldwide |location=Foster City, CA |year=1998 |pages= |isbn=0-7645-5087-X |oclc= |doi=

External links

*ATP|id=M048
*DavisCupplayerlink|id=10000895
* [http://www.usta.com/protennis/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=128249&itype=921&icategoryid=171 USTA Names Patrick McEnroe U.S. Davis Cup Captain Through 2006 ]


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