Gonzalez Beats McEnroe To Close Delray Beach Open
by ATP Staff|
Team International clinched its victory against Team USA at the Delray Beach Open a day early. But there was still exciting ATP Champions Tour tennis to be played on Sunday, with a battle between captains bringing the event to a close.
Chilean Fernando Gonzalez took down former World No. 1 John McEnroe 7-5, 6-4 to complete Team International’s 6-2 victory.
“Today was a really fun match for me to play against Johnny Mac. I always enjoy when I play on the [ATP] Champions Tour, have a great time, play some tennis, do some exercise and have fun,” Gonzalez said. “It feels great. I grew up watching John with my father and it’s fun because of how John is, so it’s really exciting to watch and then when I was on [the ATP World] Tour, I was lucky to meet him and now I’m lucky to play him.”
McEnroe kept his hopes alive, coming back from 2-5 down in the second set to pull himself within striking range, but Gonzalez was too strong and closed out his third victory of the weekend.
It was not all for naught on Sunday as Jan-Michael Gambill, who coaches 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Jared Donaldson, earned his team’s second victory of the event by beating Greg Rusedski 6-4, 7-6(3).
“I was excited to be back out on court. It felt a little bit tough last night against Jesse [Levine], and after the first set I started to feel a little bit better with my legs and my lungs,” Gambill said. “Today I felt really good against Greg. I think we played a good match and it was fun to be out there.”
And while it was not enough to overturn the massive deficit Team USA faced, just playing in front of the great Delray Beach crowd made it worth it.
“The event is great, I want to thank everybody for having me back in Delray, it’s always fun to play here where I have so many great results,” Gambill said. “It’s fun to get out and play some tennis in front of some people and we had a decent crowd out there so that was a lot of fun.”