Patrick McEnroe has announced that he would run the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5. McEnroe will run on behalf of his older brother John’s charity, the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), which introduces tennis as a life-long health, fitness and social activity for thousands of under-resourced New York City area kids, specifically those in East Harlem and the South Bronx.
“I’ve certainly envisioned myself crossing the TCS New York City Marathon finish line and being handed a medal.” McEnroe said. “That would be a huge accomplishment, without a doubt among the top three in my career, and maybe even higher.”
The 51-year-old McEnroe was born in Queens, and reached a career high ranking of number three in the world in Men’s Doubles. Through his 10-year professional career, McEnroe won 16 doubles titles, including a Gold Medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1992 Paris Indoor while partnered with his brother John and the 1989 French Open. His career highlights in singles came as he reached the semifinals of the 1991 Australian Open and quarterfinals of the 1995 U.S. Open. McEnroe has one career singles title, the 1995 Sydney Outdoor Championship.
After retiring from professional tennis, McEnroe began serving as a tennis commentator, often as a match analyst or play-by-play announcer, for CBS Sports and most recently ESPN. From 2000-2010, McEnroe served as the 38thCaptain in U.S. Davis Cup history and led the team to the title in 2007. After leaving his Davis Cup role in 2010, McEnroe served as the General Manager of Player Development for the USTA through 2015. In 2017, Patrick joined his brother at Sportime and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy as Co-Director, alongside longtime JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger, and was elected President of the Board of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project non-profit organization.
Completing the TCS New York City Marathon is a popular challenge for current and former tennis stars. Caroline Wozniacki kicked off the trend in 2014, becoming the first active player to take on the 26.2 mile run, finishing in a time of 3:26:33 and raising more than $87,000 for New York Road Runner’s Team for Kids charity. American Champion James Blake completed the 2015 marathon in 3:51:19. Former Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli finished the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in 5:40:04.