An intriguing doubles showdown between John and Patrick McEnroe and the Bryan Brothers will open up the proceedings at the BNP Paribas in March. The contest will precede the featured contest of the evening between world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and British No. 1 Andy Murray.
John had recently made his opinion clear regarding doubles competition at Grand Slam events, stating candidly that he believed that form of tennis should be abolished or at the very least separated from the remainder of the ATP World Tour. Evidently, his harsh comments upset a fair amount of prominent doubles pairings, including the Bryan Brothers, who will now get their opportunity for revenge against the 7-time Grand Slam champion.
“I think Djokovic-Murray is the main event, but I’m going out there to try my damndest to make this close and somehow, some way squeeze out a victory,’’ Mac told The Rumble. “Obviously it’s challenging. The beauty of doubles is you’re covering half the court. I played mainly singles but that’s why older guys 40-plus are high in the rankings. Who they are, that’s another story. People forget doubles was a big part of my career and something I loved.
“It’s sad where it’s gone.”
The event takes place on March 3rd ahead of the Indian Wells Masters event.