It won't be long before Mayer gets another crack at Borg and McEnroe, and Connors as well. It could come as soon as next week in Las Vegas, and if not there then certainly in Rome, Paris or London. Mayer is virtually assured of the No. 4 seeding at Wimbledon, which means if all goes as predicted, he may well meet Borg in the semis. If he wins, becoming the player who stopped the mighty Swede after five straight titles, there will be no need to introduce Gene Mayer ever again. If he doesn't, well, Mayer can handle that.
"I'm going to play this game only until I'm 30," he says. "Then I'm going to return to school, either law or business." That's typical of Mayer. Here he has established himself as one of the top players in the world, and now he's in a hurry to get on to something else.