‘It’s Not Accessible’- Citing Tennis’ Perennial Problem, John McEnroe Teams up With His Brother for a Noble Cause

Published 11/21/2023, 12:59 AM EST

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Over the years as a professional player, John McEnroe stunned everyone with his heroics and managed to make a name for himself. With his quick feet and fierce shots, he made everyone fall in love with the beautiful game. However, a time came when he finally had to hang up his boots but his love for the sport never ended. Post-retirement, the legend managed to work relentlessly towards the betterment of the sport.

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The same was witnessed recently when the American legend, along with his brother Patrick McEnroe held a tennis clinic that saw multiple children join the initiative. With the aim to secure the future of the game, the two have been working relentlessly over the years.

Patrick and John McEnroe hold a tennis clinic on Randall’s island

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John and Patrick McEnroe, fueled by their passion for tennis held a tennis clinic in their academy on Randall’s Island. Their aim? To break down barriers and introduce the sport to youngsters who might not typically have access to such opportunities in New York City.

In an interview during the clinic, the brothers emphasized the importance of widening access to tennis. Patrick acknowledged the sport’s limited accessibility for many city kids. Their mission includes allowing every child to fall in love with the game.

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“We wanted to give back and give as many kids as possible a chance to achieve what I was able to achieve or at least play cause it’s not accessible for way too many kids,” said John McEnroe in the interview there. “We provide the options and then allow them to keep doing their things. At some point, they may say something I want to tennis more than football and basketball.”

“I think it is the most important thing to expose more kids to the game and that is the big mission for me and my brother. To be at Randall’s Island to give the kids the opportunity to see the sport and then hopefully we can pick their interest and they stay in it,” said Patrick McEnroe, the brother of John McEnroe.

By hosting the clinic in their academy, the McEnroes provided a platform for children to explore tennis. With the craze of basketball and football growing over in America tremendously, the two have aimed to make the kids fall in love with the game so that they can see a steady rise in the sport that made them who they are today. What started back in 2010 is now shaping the future of American tennis.

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The former world number 1 has always been upfront when it comes to supporting young talents and giving them a chance to showcase their talents. Back in 2010, he started his own academy with the initiative to give young generations a chance to fall in love with the sport.

While revealing the idea behind his academy, he suggested that he wanted to do something completely different. “We wanted to do something different from traditional academies. Encouraging children to stay in school, for example. That’s not a completely crazy idea is it? Or letting them play other sports, for their physical and mental development,” said McEnroe.

The academy has everything that an aspiring player would need. 5 covered, 15 outdoors, 10 hard, and 10 clay courts surround the academy. Not only this, a total of approximately 37 coaches are responsible for training 900 students.

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Thus, the academy started by John McEnroe is working well to help secure the future of American tennis. Not only this but the tennis clinics, which provide underprivileged kids with the opportunities to train is a great initiative.

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