Roland-Garros – John McEnroe: “I’m trying to be there for the kids in NY” #RolandGarros # RG22 #McEnroe #FrenchOpen #Tennis

John McEnroe continues to share his knowledge of tennis and all his experience with young people. The American was Roland Garros Saturday as godfather to Team Young Talents MAC 1 to UNITED STATES, a team of young elite players from John McEnroe Tennis Academy on New York City. The legend talked about his role with all his young people, but not only … The 63-year-old former player also talked about the need to promote tennis and of course this Roland Garros 2022. Interview with the seven-time Grand Slam winner to enjoy.

John McEnroe at the microphone on Tennis News

“I’m trying to be there for the kids in New York”

The legend first returned to the role of MAC 1: “MAC 1 is a way to help children. I was very lucky to be able to grow up in New York. It is the best city in the world, I think Paris is also a great city. I try to reproduce what was, when I was young, a great tennis community.I try to be there for the kids in New York.It allows these kids to have an experience they have never lived.It would be great if one of them won the USA Open or Roland-Garros. But above all, to learn life lessons, many of these young people will not be great professional players, but it gives them the chance for their lives and to use this experience for their lives. And we also help, because you have to travel, pay for your bus, pay for the hotel … “

“We need to do a better job of promoting this sport”

Very clear, he believes that the promotion of tennis needs to be better in order to attract new practitioners and thus potential future champions. “I had 4 girls and 2 boys. When my daughters were growing up, with the changes in society, especially thanks to Billie Jean King, they believed in having the same opportunities and the same prices. In women, you see the best athletes play. For men, there is also basketball, baseball, hockey … We have to promote the game Let the kids say to themselves, let’s play tennis. Then we have to help them because many children can not pay. It’s physically good, but you’re alone, so you’ll learn life lessons. Tennis is a bit of chess. We need to do a better job of promoting this sport.

“I need to be a leader who inspires them”

Should John find the new McEnroe? “Yes, that’s fine. My job is to bring as many opportunities as possible to as many children as possible so that their dreams can come true. I need to be a leader who inspires them to make them understand that what is needed at certain times is the desire, the will, and the heart. To be able to do what it takes. If it’s not a John McEnroe, it would be great if it was a Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or even a Carlos Alcaraz. I have to remind people at my academy that I played (laughs). “

“We can believe it will be Novak, Nadal or even Alcaraz, it would be a surprise if one of the three does not win.”

Finally, of course, the American lent himself to the prediction game. “Before the tournament, six could certainly win. They are all still in the tournament. We might think it will be Novak, Nadal or even Alcaraz. Tsitsipas is in a good position because he is in the bottom half, but it would be a surprise if one of the three does not win. “

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