McEnroe says match next month will likely be the last time fans can see him play in state

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John McEnroe looks to play a forehand during the singles final match between John McEnroe of America and Mats Wilander of Sweden on Day Five of the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall on December 08, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN — John McEnroe says he’s almost done playing competitive tennis.

The 56-year-old Hall of Famer plans to play an exhibition match against Jim Courier next month in New Haven. That will be part of a Legends Event designed to increase attendance at the Connecticut Open, the last women’s tournament before the U.S. Open.

McEnroe told reporters on a conference call Tuesday the match is probably the last chance fans in Connecticut will have to see him play competitively.

McEnroe says he appreciates the few matches he still plays, because he is not sure how much longer he can continue.

McEnroe says the gap is widening between him and the next wave of senior players and once he feels like he can’t be respectable on the court, he will stop playing.


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