John McEnroe (United States), seeded second, was eliminated front he French Open Tennis Championships on June 1 b y defending champion Mats Wilander (Sweden) who won 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.
GV McEnroe serves, wins point
GV Scoreboard, audience applauds
GV McEnroe serves, Wilander wins point
GV View of crowd
SV PULL BACK McEnroe serves, loses point
SV McEnroe serves, loses point to Wilander
GV Wilander serves, wins point and match, players leave court
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Background: John McEnroe (United States), seeded second, was eliminated front he French Open Tennis Championships on June 1 b y defending champion Mats Wilander (Sweden) who won 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. The youthful Swede, placed fifth, took two hours and 23 minutes to overcome the former Wimbledon champion's challenge before a capacity centre court crowd of 16,500. McEnroe began brilliantly outclassing Wilander to take the first set 6-1. But in the second, he suddenly changed tactics by retreating to the base line, allowing the Swedish start to dictate the match. In the third set the American dropped 23 straight points, losing the set 6-4. Afterwards McEnroe said that he pulled a leg muscle in the second set, adding that "I don't deserve to win. He concentrated well and I didn't." The former champion was "disturbed" by the US space shuttle, mounted on its Boeing mother craft, which flew over the courts during the Paris Air show.