Originally Posted by smoledman
What happened in 1982?
The advent of the graphite racket era. It forever changed how the sport is played by eliminating the touch game, J-Mac's forte.
It's no coincidence that a couple of years later Lendl's career took off, and allowed 17 year old Boris Boom-Boom Becker to win SW19.
Once Lendl figured out how to blow McEnroe off a court, Mac never won a slam again. Would've been very different had Ivan et al. been stuck with wooden rackets.