American tennis legend John McEnroe, a four-time winner at the US Open, left his mark on the 2022 edition of the tournament as well, albeit for all the wrong reasons.
Commentating on the final between Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz, the seven-time Grand Slam champion came under fire from tennis fans for his overtly biased commentary, especially in favor of the Spaniard.
In addition to barely mentioning Ruud during the contest, users on social media were of the opinion that McEnroe’s commentary was very unprofessional, going as far as to say that he needs to “get his head out of Alcaraz’s a**” and give Ruud the respect he deserves.
“John McEnroe’s clearly biased commentating is so unprofessional and such a turnoff. He needs to get his head out of Alcaraz’s ass. Alcaraz is a great player but John seems to forget that he also has an excellent opponent in this match. (His name is Ruud, BTW.)”
Another fan noted that it was frustrating to hear McEnroe refer to both players as “these young kids,” as it was incredibly patronizing towards both players, and tweeted:
“McEnroe stop calling the players “these young kids” challenge…impossible.”
One user pointed out that McEnroe’s commentary has been awful for a long time, since he is not in-tune with the current generation and doesn’t give any insights about players during the match, writing:
“John McEnroe is an *awful* commentator, an insufferable blowhard who adds few if any insights into his commentary, not current in how he thinks of the game, speaks in generalizations, has clear favorites in each match. Truly the worst.”
Here are a few more reactions from fans on the same:
Carlos Alcaraz repays John McEnroe’s faith in him by defeating Casper Ruud in four sets to take home the 2022 US Open
John McEnroe, however, would have been very happy with the end result, as Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in four sets to take home the 2022 US Open title.
Having won the first set, Alcaraz lost the second after getting broken twice. Just when it looked like Ruud was stepping up his level, the teenager snatched the third set in a tiebreaker. The fourth set was a comparatively easy affair, as an early break ensured that the Spaniard was never under pressure to close out the match.
While Ruud ascended to the World No. 2 spot, Alcaraz became the World No. 1 — the youngest ever player to occupy the spot in ATP history. With the triumph, Carlos Alcaraz also became the first ever teenager to become the top-ranked men’s tennis player in history.
He also made history as the second-youngest US Open men’s singles champion in history, with only Pete Sampras winning the trophy at Flushing Meadows at a younger age. Incidentally, John McEnroe is now the fourth-youngest US Open winner.