KANSAS CITY – John McEnroe kicked off the 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit Wednesday night at the Sprint Center in frigid Kansas City beating both Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang back-to-back in one-set matches to win the title.
After defeating Lendl 6-4 in the opening semifinal, the 54-year-old McEnroe then immediately turned around to beat 41-year-old Michael Chang 6-4 in the final in front of a hearty and vocal crowd who braved single digit temperatures and a fresh half foot of snow.
“Michael is one of the greatest competitors ever,” McEnroe said after the final. “He was serving big and I was having some trouble reading his shots. He fought hard and I played a few strong games there.”
McEnroe broke Chang at love in the first game of the match before being broken himself the next game. Each player then held serve for the next six games, McEnroe still displaying the serve-and-volley tactics and deft touch around the net that guided him to seven major singles titles during his career. McEnroe then took advantage of crucial unforced errors from Chang in the ninth game of the set to collect the vital service break. Serving for the match, McEnroe sealed the championship by hitting two aces and a service winner on the final three points.