John McEnroe wants doubles scrapped at grand slam tournaments

Last Updated: 07/12/13 10:14am

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John McEnroe: Doubles now devalued

John McEnroe: Doubles now devalued

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Tennis legend John McEnroe has called for doubles to be scrapped at grand slam tournaments.

The 54-year-old American was hugely successful in the doubles format throughout his career, winning nine major titles to eclipse his seven singles crowns.

But the former world No 1, who won 71 career ATP doubles titles - 57 of them with Peter Fleming - believes doubles no longer has any place at the big events as the elite players no longer take part.

"Why we are even playing doubles at this point is a mystery to me," McEnroe told the Daily Telegraph. "I love doubles but I don't even recognise what this is.

"If there was a volleying contest from the service line, most of these guys couldn't. They play an inch from the net. It is like wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

"If you cut out doubles and gave that money to singles players ranked between 200 and 1,000, maybe that would do something for the game.

"Then some other guy who never really had the chance to play ends up becoming number 100 in the world instead of quitting when he's number 400.

"Most doubles players, I hate to say, are the slow guys who were not quick enough to play singles."

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