John McEnroe returns for tennis event in Capital

John McEnroe starred in last summer's Champions of Tennis
John McEnroe starred in last summer's Champions of Tennis
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Seven-times grand slam winner John McEnroe is returning to Edinburgh this summer to compete in the Brodies Champions of Tennis event at Raeburn Place, from June 19-22.

McEnroe, now 55, was the star attraction at last year’s inaugural tournament in rolling back the years against Mikael Pernfors and Wayne Ferreira.

The three-times Wimbledon winner also played to a delighted gallery with his trademark questioning of umpires and line-judges, albeit tongue-in-cheek nowadays.

McEnroe will join a field that already included last year’s winner Tomas Enqvist as well as Goran Ivanisevic, Tim Henman, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami.

Others added today to complete the line-up are Marc Philippoussis, Wayne Ferreira and Fabrice Santoro.

McEnroe, who will play doubles on the Friday night before facing Henri Leconte in the Saturday afternoon showpiece and Wayne Ferreira on the Sunday said: “I had a great experience in Edinburgh and enjoyed playing in front of a Scottish crowd, who were great fun and we had some good banter.

“On the ATP Champions Tour we want to show we can still play, and I think people will be surprised at the level of tennis they see here. I love to play still, I love to get out on the court. I work out regularly and I like to try and show people that it can still be done.”

Match schedule:

Thursday. June 19 (7pm): Ferreira v Ivanisevic; Enqvist/Leconte v Henman/Santoro.

Friday. June 20 (2pm): Enqvist v Philippoussis; Ivanisevic v Santoro; 5pm: Enqvist v Henman; Ferreira/Leconte v McEnroe/Philippoussis.

Saturday. June 21 (10.30am): Ferreira v Santoro; Henman v Philippoussis; 2.30: McEnroe v Leconte; Enqvist/Henman v Ivanisevic/Santoro.

Sunday. June 23 (1.30): McEnroe v Ferreira; Bahrami/Leconte v Philippoussis/Ivanisevic (Provided they are not in final); Brodies Champions of Tennis Final.