McEnroe PowerShares practice clip....

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  1. cjj14u

    cjj14u New User

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    Thought I would stir up the "McEnroe can beat......." issue again :twisted:

    Here is a clip of him practicing with Thomas Shubert currently ranked 1837 in the world in singles:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAlQVeeFLLU

    I know it is just a practice session but it looks to me like:

    1 - Mac can't handle the guy's serve

    2 - Having a bit of a hard time at net with the guy's pace

    Here we go.....

    INCOMING!!!!!
     
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  2. Clintspin

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    Looks like he is standing inside the baseline to receive serve and still knows where the ball is going before it comes off the guys racquet.
     
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  3. heftylefty

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    Nice post. I'm not a Mac fan, but I'm amazed he's still going strong. I would love to see him play some USTA nationals in his age group.
     
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  4. big ted

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    looks like the opposite to me, and that mcenroe is giving it about 65% focus based on appearance... like other poster said standing inside baseline and has all the time in the world to return those serves still... for him warming up, i dont think the most important thing for him is trying to get the ball in the court he knows he can do that, macs just literally warming up his body and trying to get his timing

    i have seen him in some of the matches lately and he is getting kinda slow tho but thats normal for a 50+ year old, but if he played a match with shubert i think shubert would win soley based on younger athleticism
     
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  5. Rabbit

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    pretty damn impressive for a 54-year old IMO McEnroe was just warming up, not trying to play
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Looks like the old fart is just warming up, only needing his wheelchair to complete his ensemble.
    Was that Agassi looking pooped after hitting with and warming up Shumpert?
     
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    McEnroe is such a beast... Would probably bagel me...
     
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    I don't agree with your assessment; but made me laugh out loud!
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Let's see....
    Wearing full warmups.
    No sweat.
    Heartbeat at rest.
    Is he ready to play?
    Mac did tend to bait his opponent's a bit with a restrained warmup, then once play starts, he can hit the corners with little effort, and still retrieve corner shots hit into his court with a couple steps and no swing.
    Not that Mac would win, he's probably closer to lower level 5.5 nowadaze.
     
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  10. bluetrain4

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    Doesn't look that bad to me. He's 54! He looks like he's sort of going through the motions.
     
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  11. bluetrain4

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    You think he's that low? Honest question. I would have thought on the cusp of 6.0. But, I really don't know how to easily differentiate between 5.5, 6.0, 6.5. And, even if 5.5, a lower level 5.5? I'd have to think he was significantly higher.
     
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  13. LeeD

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    Ratings are based on match results, not just how pretty the strokes look.
     
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  14. big ted

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    yea i suppose your right considering it says at bottom -

    "The very best world-class players in wheelchairs have an NTRP rating in the low 4.5s."
     
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    Almost impossible for a real 4.0 men's player to lose to any wheelchair tennis player, regardless of his level.
    Just hit behind him, hit short drop shots, angles, and lob him.
     
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  16. Relinquis

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    From watching college videos online (USC, Stanford), McEnroe would straight set 5.5 guys.
     
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    Mcenroe might loose 1 game in an entire 5.5 tournament.
     
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  18. DNShade

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    That was a 54 y/o warming up and going like 40% to just get a feel for how the ball flies in the Vegas altitude and get them older bones moving. If you can't see that then you are blind.

    I've seen John warm up many a time and that's how it goes. It's warm up -- get it?

    Amazing -- people out here.
     
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  19. zam88

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    I saw a powershares event last night in my hometown. I was absolutely amazed by what McEnroe could do in spite of his age.

    Sure trashing a completely immobile Lendl wasn't a big ask, but then he played Chang and beating a great tennis player who's 10 years younger is also incredible.

    I'm impressed.
     
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  20. big ted

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    his style of play is very well suited to an aging player (hitting ball early, short strokes, efficient movements, etc..)

    i think he still holds a grudge with lendl and tries extra hard. when he first played him on the powerseries, mac looked like he was playing a wimbledon final and lendl looked like he was playing an exhibition
     
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  21. therecanbeonlyone

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    Lendl looked like he ATE and exhibition during that first match back.

    McEnroe is very scripted and introspective in warmups. I was a ball kid for him in the mid 1990s. At one point during warmups he even switched to his wooden racquet just to groove his strokes with a 65 inch head size. Warmups are all about dialing it in.
     
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    Watch McEnroe's matches in team tennis he can hang with the lower pros .Would destroy 6.0 players.
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    He would probably open up a bakery shop on everyone here...

    And I can watch him volley all day.
     
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  24. LeeD

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    Easily bagel anyone currently posting here.
    Possibly double, or triple bagel.
    Any 5.5's here care to argue?
     
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