Kuerten Accepts McEnroe Tennis Match Challenge

Posted on March 17, 2009

At the unlikely age of 50, John McEnroe is still beating 30 and 40-year-old former top-of-the-game players to capture senior tour titles.

Last weekend McEnroe beat Jim Courier in a battle of former American No. 1s in the seniors Rio Championships tournament. Afterwards, reminiscing on the players he has faced, McEnroe voiced his desire to play three-time French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten, who recently retired after battling hip injuries.

Kuerten, who was been training for a series of exhibitions, heard McEnroe's wish and says he is willing to grant it.

"Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to play against McEnroe. I am going to prepare my best for the match," said Kuerten, reported by the Xinhua news service.

Kuerten is scheduled to face Sergi Bruguera in an exhibition game in June in his home town of Florianopolis. It is unknown whether McEnroe and Kuerten would face each other in an exhibition or in a senior tour event.

One thing is for certain -- McEnroe says he would prefer not to meet the three-time French winner on clay.