Tennis News
The Official Tennis Newswire

McEnroe Beats Ferreira, Then Takes On Flintoff, Whitehall, Redknapp; Mark Webber Prepares Rafter For Victory

Tennis News Exclusive











Tennis News Wire

After beating Wayne Ferreira, John McEnroe took on A
League Of Their Own stars Jack Whitehall, Andrew
Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp in challenge matches at the
Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall.

Flintoff looked less comfortable wielding a tennis
racquet than a cricket bat, but he went for his shots at
every opportunity, unlike Whitehall and Redknapp, who
tried to play cat-and-mouse with the seven-time Grand
Slam champion from the back of the court.

It wasn't alway pretty, with Flintoff knocking Whitehall
and Redknapp off their courtside chairs with one attempt
at running down a deft McEnroe drop shot. At times
spectators were in danger as he heaved a couple of
sixes, apparently forgetting that the ball is meant to
land in the court in tennis.

Whitehall was less explosive, but he talked a good game,
and backed it up by covering every inch of the court. 

"They should stick to the day jobs!" said McEnroe
afterwards. "Each one of them has a great history. One
of them does a great job as a comedian, one of them's a
football player, one a cricket player. But they didn't
show me a whole lot. I was expecting a little more.

"I liked [Whitehall's] outfit. It was cool. He was
wearing the red headband and he seemed to be trying to
step it up, I'll give him that much. But he needed to
take people's attention away from the way he played!"

This all came after McEnroe had beaten Wayne Ferreira in
his first round-robin match of the tournament. Giving
away 12 years to the South African, McEnroe won through
7-6 (9), 6-2. He squandered a 5-1 lead in the first set
tie-break and fought off two set points to win it 11-9,
bringing the crowd to their feet with a forehand winner
down the line, which he celebrated wildly. 

Elsewhere, Pat Rafter reminded us why he beat Greg
Rusedski in the 1997 US Open final by triumphing 6-3,
6-2 in his opening round-robin match in the ATP
Champions Tour event. It sets up a winner-take-all clash
with Goran Ivanisevic on Saturday night. 

Rafter, who had prepared for the match by practising
with his friend, countryman and recently retired Formula
One driver Mark Webber, then went with Webber to record
the Clare Balding Show on BT Sport. The pair will appear
on the show together on Saturday night at 9pm.

Goran Ivanisevic may hit a decent serve, but his
football shooting needs some work. In this video, after
being welcomed on to the pitch at West Bromwich Albion,
Ivanisevic was invited to take part in one of the club's
football competitions, where fans kick a ball through
the doorway of a cardboard house. He nearly missed the
house. Great reception though.">


ATP Champions Tour Singles 

Group A Henman, Philippoussis, Santoro 
B Ivanisevic, Rafter, Rusedski 

Legends Singles 
Group A Bruguera,
Ferreira, McEnroe 
Group B Bates, Leconte, Wilander 

Wednesday 4th December 

Ivanisevic d. Rusedski 7-6, 7-6

Leconte d. Bates 7-6(2), 7-5

Henman d. Philippoussis 5-4 (ret)


Thursday 5th December 

Wilander d.

Leconte 6-3, 6-4


Rafter d. Rusedski 6-3, 6-2

McEnroe d.

Ferreira  7-6(9), 6-2

Friday 6th December 
At 1pm 

Philippoussis v Santoro 
Bates v Wilander 

Bahrami/Castle v Ferreira/McNamara 

At 7.30pm 


Bruguera v McEnroe 
Enqvist/Ivanisevic v

Saturday 7th December 
At 1pm 


Henman v Santoro 
Bruguera v Ferreira 

Bahrami/McEnroe v McNamara/Wilander 

At 7.30pm


Ivanisevic v Rafter 
Bates/Murray v Leconte/Rusedski 

Sunday 8th December 
At 12 noon 


Legends Singles Final 
Doubles Exhibition 

At 5pm 


ATP Champions Tour Singles Final 
Doubles Exhibition 

*All timings may be subject to change and are dependent
on the length of play. The Management reserves the right
to alter the Order of Play at any time. 

Copyright 2013 Daily Tennis News Wire. All rights