Q&A: John McEnroe on Wimbledon
What is the most memorable match you have ever watched as a spectator?
The most memorable match for me was watching the Ivanisevic v Rafter match at Wimbledon.
The way the crowd was, and the circumstances surrounding it - Henman had been so close, and there was the question about how the crowd was going to react after that, Ivanisevic hadn't won one, and Rafter hadn't won Wimbledon and was realising that it was his last chance at a big major.
People in Australia have always loved tennis and then you combine that with the fanaticisms of a new country like Croatia and all that combined with the fact that it was played on a day that it wasn't supposed to be played - it brought a different energy to the occasion because people who wouldn't normally be watching at Wimbledon were there.
The energy levels that day were higher than any other that I'd ever been a part of.
It had atmosphere like they have in soccer games in England - I see that and wish we had that more in tennis. I was proud to just be part of that match, to watch and commentate on it.
I agree with him totally. I remember watching that match with my friends. I had goose-bumps just watching it on TV. I didnt even like those players
I was wondering how it would've been like ACTUALLY on Centre Court!
The atmosphere seemed ELECTRIFYING! It was People's Monday that day.
Two players, Rafter and Ivanisevic, were very very popular at that time.
Crowd was incredible. As JMac says, seemed like a soccer match between Australia & Croatia
. They were cheering for every single point. The spectators were equally divided between Pat and Goran. Neither of them had won a Wimbledon till then. (Rafter never did eventually). Wanted Rafter to win but Goran deserved it. One hell of a match! It is definitely the most memorable match that I've EVER seen at Wimbledon LIVE on TV.
What are the unforgettable matches for u guys?