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McEnroe to join ESPN tennis booth

BRISTOL, Conn. -- John McEnroe will be part of ESPN's announcing team when the network carries the U.S. Open for the first time this year in late August.

He sometimes will be paired in the broadcast booth with his younger brother Patrick, who succeeded him as the U.S. Davis Cup captain and has been an ESPN analyst since 1995.

"The best team in tennis just got better, and we're thrilled to have John join us for our first U.S. Open, where he enjoyed so much success," said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. "The only thing better than having one McEnroe is having two."

ESPN will cover all four of tennis' Grand Slam events in 2009, something no U.S. network has ever done.
This is the first of a six-year deal, through 2014, for ESPN and Tennis Channel to carry the U.S. Open's cable TV coverage, taking over from USA Network.

McEnroe, who won the U.S. Open four times, also will appear on "SportsCenter," ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio.

McEnroe's connection with ESPN dates to his playing days. He was in ESPN's first tennis telecast, one week after ESPN debuted on Sept. 7, 1979.

Two of his marathon Davis Cup matches, both lasting more than six hours, also were on ESPN: a quarterfinal victory against Sweden's Mats Wilander in 1982 in St. Louis, and a loss to Germany's Boris Becker in 1987 in Hartford, Conn.

McEnroe paired with Mary Carillo, also an ESPN analyst, to win the 1977 French Open mixed doubles title.

"The U.S. Open is very special to me because I love New York City and I have so many fond memories from playing and commentating at the tournament for so many years," McEnroe said. "I look forward to working with the ESPN team to bring excitement and passion to what will certainly be two great weeks of tennis on ESPN2."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.