Patrick shows emotion, too, but language is un-McEnroe TENNIS

July 23, 1993|By Sandra McKee

When Patrick McEnroe screamed and doubled over with mental pain during the second set of his match with Todd Martin yesterday at the Newsweek Tennis Classic, a fan in the stands yelled, "Come on, John, get over it."

With his hair shoulder length, held in place with a white headband, it could have been the early 1980s. It could have been Patrick's brother, John, on Stadium Court.

But when the tension went up, it was obvious that this was another McEnroe -- or maybe not a McEnroe at all.

In anger he shouted, "Shoot!"

In utter disbelief he wailed, "Oh, my gosh!"

In anguish he bent his knees and screamed, "Goodness!"

It was kids' day at the H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center. Was McEnroe simply setting a good example by not cursing?

"I thought it was better than being fined," he said.

But when asked whether it was as satisfying, he grinned and said, "Not always."

Martin won the match, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.

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