John McEnroe's goal: Olympics

August 29, 1991|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent

NEW YORK — John McEnroe always has worn his patriotism on his back, showing up for tournaments dressed in his Davis Cup USA warm-up jacket.

Now, McEnroe says he wants to represent the United States in tennis at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

"Back in 1988, I didn't have the same feeling," McEnroe said yesterday after defeating Martin Laurendeau, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round of the U.S. Open. "But it's going to be the last year that I'll be playing a full schedule. I'd like to be part of the Olympics. It's not going to feel as strange. Now that professional basketball players are there, it's not so unusual that tennis is coming in. I am definitely going to try to do my best to get in."

The United States Tennis Association will select three men's and three women's players for the event. Although McEnroe no longer is among the top three rated U.S. players, his versatility in singles and doubles, his history of playing in Davis Cup events and his status as one of the game's legendary players are likely to be considered by USTA officials.

"If Michael Jordan doesn't want to play," McEnroe said, "I am available for basketball, too."

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