June 27, 2019
American legend John McEnroe won three of his 77 tour-level doubles titles against Aussie Mark Woodforde. But that did not stop the former World No. 1 from beating Woodforde on Thursday at the Svaneholm Open.
McEnroe defeated the former doubles World No. 1 6-2, 6-3 to give Team United States a 1-0 lead against Team World. The winner served well on the quick grass, which kept many balls from coming back into play during his service games.
McEnroe took a 4-1 lead and never looked back, firing up the crowd throughout. Woodforde battled hard to put pressure on the American, but was unable to make the comeback.
Team World’s Goran Ivanisevic will now have to beat Patrick McEnroe if he is to keep his team’s hopes of reaching the final alive. Ivanisevic and Woodforde will also play McEnroe/McEnroe in doubles.
Did You Know?
One of McEnroe and Woodforde’s doubles titles together came at the 1989 US Open. Woodforde won three of his first four tour-level doubles trophies alongside McEnroe before going on to form an all-time great partnership with Todd Woodbridge.