John McEnroe with SMU Athletic Director Rick Hart
Sept. 27, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Tennis legend John McEnroe spoke at the SMU Athletic Forum at the Hilton Anatole on Wednesday, drawing an impressive crowd of over 900 people as he discussed his early career, including matches he played as a professional on SMU's campus.
McEnroe mentioned playing in the season-ending World Championship Tennis Finals in Moody Coliseum in 1979, where he beat Björn Borg in four sets to claim the prestigious title. McEnroe would go on to win the event five times, with the other four occurring at Reunion Arena in Dallas. The WCT was co-founded by SMU legend Lamar Hunt and gave birth to the "open era" of tennis.
SMU Athletic Director Rick Hart also spoke of SMU tennis' recent success, mentioning men's tennis Head Coach Carl Neufeld's fifth-place ranking on the all-time collegiate wins list. Neufeld has 519 wins in his career.
"This is an exciting time for SMU tennis and tennis in Dallas," Neufeld said.
SMU is currently in the process of building a new tennis complex on the south side of Mockingbird Lane and the corner of North Central Expressway. The site will feature an indoor pavilion with six courts along with six more courts outside. General spectator seating will be available along with VIP seating that will include the ability to accommodate conference, national and professional tournaments. A top-notch training facility including a fitness center, locker rooms and offices will also be included.
The Mustangs will continue their fall tournament season at the ITA All-American Championships starting on Saturday.