McEnroe and Clijsters… a winning combination!

Following the ATP Champions Tour final between Xavier Malisse and Mark Philippoussis the spectators were treated to a nice extra at the BNP Paribas Fortis Champions. The first edition of the three-day tournament in a sunny David Lloyd Club was brought to a close with a spectacular doubles game between John McEnroe/Kim Clijsters and Henri Leconte/Dominique Monami.

Former world number one John McEnroe won seven grand slams in singles and nine in doubles tennis. Kim Clijsters, also a former world number one, has three singles and two doubles grand slam wins to her name. The two tennis legends produced fireworks on the court against Dominique Monami (former world number 9) and Henri Leconte (former world number 5).

As a born entertainer Leconte knew how to give the crowd a great time with his expressive body language and charisma. The crowd enjoyed the pranks and trick shots the four players brought to the court. After one hour of pure entertainment McEnroe finished off the game with an ace: 6-2, 6-3 for McEnroe/Clijsters… a winning combination!

“When you’re facing Henry, you know it’s going to be difficult to stay focused, but Kim and I managed that pretty well,” McEnroe said. “I thought it was superb to play with Kim in front of her home crowd. She is one of the greatest players of all time, both in terms of her tennis and as a person.”

The pleasure was mutual for Clijsters. “I remember when I was little I wanted to come home from school as quickly as possible to turn on the TV and follow Roland Garros and Wimbledon. John was one of my idols. I tried to imitate his special serve, half turned away from the court. Cursing at the umpire? Not so much! “Over the past couple of years I often got to hit a ball with John, but a ‘real’ match like today is still a lot more fun.”