John McEnroe was on New York radio earlier this week promoting a senior tennis stop. Always opinionated, McEnroe hit on a variety of topics including the changing landscape of men’s tennis.
“There’s a void that’s about to occur because of what’s happened with Federer and Nadal,” McEnroe told WFAN’s Marc Malusis on Tuesday. “I mean, they’re at the end, right? You can’t imagine them going on more than a year or two. Djokovic, Murray are the two best, but they’re not getting younger. I know 29 sounds young, but they’re going to have another couple years, you anticipate. So there’s these young guys.
“There are actually some young Americans that potentially could for sure get in the top 10. Whether they can be Grand Slam champions, that’s the issue I wonder with right now.”
McEnroe was also on 1010 WINS with Brigitte Quinn as part of the media blitz. And he talked about who he thinks is the greatest.
“Federer, Nadal would be my first two,” McEnroe said. “It’s tough to say. I think Federer overall has stayed healthier longer and been more consistent. On a given day if the two guys were playing their best against each other, I would take Nadal over Federer, I think his game matches up better against him.”
“You are talking about amazing players,” he added. “Rod Laver was my idol growing up, so I always throw in the group.”
“Sampras would be the greatest fast court player,” he said. “He was the most difficult guy I had to play.”
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