Originally Posted by NLBwell
I heard him say on TV that if he had won the French and had a chance to win the Grand Slam that year he would have gone to Australia. Since that wasn't such an important tournament and he couldn't win the GS, he decided to stay home for Christmas.
The 1984 Australian Open was held from the 26th November to the 9th December, on the grass-courts of Kooyong, Melbourne, Victoria. The tournament hadn't been played around Christmas time since 1981. However, the 1984 Davis Cup final between Sweden and USA was played on the 16th-18th December on clay-courts in Gothenberg, and beating Sweden there would be a tough task, so that's probably a reason as to why McEnroe stayed away from Melbourne.