McEnroe launches ‘No.1′ coffee-table book

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London - Tennis great John McEnroe has launched ATP’s commemorative coffee table book ‘No.1′ celebrating all year-end ATP World Tour No.1s over the past 40 years.

“I first became World No.1 at Memphis in March 1980. I got goosebumps thinking that I was ranked ahead of Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors. I didn’t think I quite deserved it yet. I thought I had more work to do. It was inspiring to hit that mark but it made me want to improve myself,” McEnroe was quoted as saying on atpworldtour.com here yesterday.

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“It took the better part of a year and a half when I was finally able to beat Bjorn in 1981 at Wimbledon and the US Open. So finally, I could say ‘I am the best player in the world’. That is the most amazing feeling a player can get. I was one of the guys who valued being No.1 more important at the end of the year, than how many majors I had. I am proud to see my name amongst those players.”

“When you win a Wimbledon you feel like you can fly, when you win a US Open you feel on top of the world. When you are first World No.1, you look down your nose at your rivals,” said the American, a four-time year-end ATP World Tour No.1 in 1981-1984.

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