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ANOTHER BIG MAC ATTACK
Frank Deford
September 21, 1981
In pounding his way to a third consecutive U.S. Open title, John McEnroe served notice he's on top to stay
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September 21, 1981

Another Big Mac Attack

In pounding his way to a third consecutive U.S. Open title, John McEnroe served notice he's on top to stay

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And Newcombe said, "I feel sorry for them. That's all. It's a sport. It's a living, too, yes, but they take it over the fringe."

McEnroe said, "Fun? I enjoy the competition. But I was brought up to be very serious on the court, and I just can't be what you call a crowd-pleaser." And so, right or wrong, it's all very serious now.

Still, it was so very nice when Navratilova cried after the women's final. She didn't weep when Austin beat her. She cried several minutes later when she was introduced as the runner-up, the loser, and the other Americans clapped and cheered, on and on, until she understood, at last, that they liked her. That was very nice.

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