The Orange County Breakers, formally the Newport Beach Breakers, hosted a tennis legend in the final game of the World Team Tennis’s regular season.
That legend is no other than John McEnroe, former number one tennis player in the world. Despite much controversy over his on-court outbursts, he won 17 Grand Slam titles during his career.
At the game, McEnroe explained why he owes much of his success to tennis star Billie Jean King. He says, “I think that she’s done arguably more for tennis then any single person in history. So when she’s nice enough to say they still want me to do it, it makes it sort of a no-brainer.”
Most people will agree with McEnroe that King has contributed more to the tennis world than anyone else. Throughout her career, she has won 39 combined Grand Slam title, including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon.
In 1974 she co-founded the World Team Tennis, a league for both men and women professional tennis players.
King says she wants the World Team Tennis games to be fan-friendly. Spectators are encouraged to be apart of the games, not just observe.
The final game of the season ended as a win for New York over the Orange County Breakers, 23-22.
The Orange County Breakers have now moved to Austin, Texas and have taken the name the Austin Aces. The Aces will start their inaugural season in July 2014.
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