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Patrick McEnroe
Patrick McEnroe 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Oyster Bay, New York
Date of birth July 1, 1966 (1966-07-01) (age 43)
Place of birth Manhasset, New York
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 1998
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$3,118,316
Singles
Career record 140–163
Career titles 1
Highest ranking 28 (September 11, 1995)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (1991)
French Open 3R (1991)
Wimbledon 2R (1991, 1992, 1995)
US Open QF (1995)
Doubles
Career record 310–182
Career titles 16
Highest ranking 3 (April 12, 1993)

Patrick McEnroe (born July 1, 1966) also known as "P-Mac", is a 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 16 professional titles including the 1989 French Open men's doubles.

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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.[1]

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

Personal life

On December 19, 1998, he married singer and actress Melissa Errico. They have three daughters, Victoria Penny (born 2006) and twins Juliette and Diana (born 2008).[2]

Distinctions and honors

Grand Slam finals (2)

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Doubles champion (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1989 French Open United States Jim Grabb Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Eric Winogradsky
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6

Doubles runner-up (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1991 Australian Open United States David Wheaton United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
7–6, 6–7, 3–6, 5–7

ATP Tour finals

Singles champion (1)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. January 9, 1995 Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Richard Fromberg 6–2, 7–6(4)

Singles runner-up (3)

Doubles champion (16)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (2)
ATP Tour (11)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7)
Clay (2)
Grass (1)
Carpet (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. February 6, 1984 Richmond WCT, USA Carpet (i) United States John McEnroe South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
7–6, 6–2
2. October 5, 1987 San Francisco, USA Carpet (i) United States Jim Grabb United States Glenn Layendecker
United States Todd Witsken
6–2, 0–6, 6–4
3. June 12, 1989 French Open, Paris Clay United States Jim Grabb Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Eric Winogradsky
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6
4. December 10, 1989 Masters Doubles, London Carpet (i) United States Jim Grabb Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
7–5, 7–6, 5–7, 6–3
5. November 12, 1990 Wembley, England Carpet (i) United States Jim Grabb United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
7–6, 4–6, 6–3
6. September 23, 1991 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Switzerland Jakob Hlasek Czech Republic Petr Korda
United States John McEnroe
3–6, 7–6, 7–6
7. April 27, 1992 Madrid, Spain Clay United States Patrick Galbraith Spain Francisco Clavet
Spain Carlos Costa
6–3, 6–2
8. October 5, 1992 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
6–2, 6–3
9. October 5, 1992 Paris Indoor, France Carpet (i) United States John McEnroe United States Patrick Galbraith
South Africa Danie Visser
6–4, 6–2
10. May 10, 1993 Coral Springs, USA Hard United States Jonathan Stark United States Paul Annacone
United States Doug Flach
6–4, 6–3
11. June 7, 1993 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Jonathan Stark South Africa David Adams
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
7–6, 1–6, 6–4
12. October 4, 1993 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg Germany Alexander Mronz
Germany Lars Rehmann
6–3, 7–5
13. January 10, 1994 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Jared Palmer Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
14. September 16, 1994 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States Jared Palmer South Africa Lan Bale
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
6–3, 7–6
15. February 13, 1995 San Jose, USA Hard (i) United States Jim Grabb United States Alex O'Brien
Australia Sandon Stolle
3–6, 7–5, 6–0
16. February 13, 1995 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Carpet (i) Australia Mark Philippoussis Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
7–5, 6–4

Doubles runner-up (21)

References

Further reading

  • Bodo, Peter; McEnroe, Patrick (1998). Tennis for dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide. ISBN 0-7645-5087-X.  

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