Champions Cup: Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe rivalry extends to senior tour
John McEnroe was loud and flamboyant. Screamed at umpires.
During Ivan Lendl’s prime, one veteran tennis writer described him as dour with a metronome-stroke.
It was a perfect setup for a classic rivalry. Fans tuned in when the brash kid from New York City was matched against the stoic, power player from the Czech Republic.
The former rivals meet against Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in one semifinal of the Champions Cup. In the other semi, Michael Chang faces Jim Courier, founder of InsideOut Sport, the company that runs the PowerShares series, tennis’ version of the PGA Champions Tour.