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McEnroe sees Stephens as future star
US tennis legend John McEnroe Monday singled out Sloane Stephens as a future women's star for his country but admitted it is still looking to break its "dry spell" as far as the men's game goes.
McEnroe sees Stephens as future star
The 54-year-old won his first major in 1979 before he and countryman Jimmy Connors combined for nine Slams in the eighties, with Brian Teach and Michael Chang chipping in with one each.
Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier meanwhile led the US to a decade of dominance in the 1990s with a combined 19 Slams between them, but the retirement last year of 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick has left a vacuum.
"I think hopefully it's cyclical. We've had a pretty dry spell in the men. In the women we've had the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens... she'll be in the top ten for sure. I think she's pretty close already," said McEnroe.
Stephens, currently ranked 17th, rose to prominence after beating her idol Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
She is among a raft of youngsters including fellow American Madison Keys who have been tipped as future stars.
Serena Williams meanwhile last month became the oldest woman at 31 to be ranked number one. But the top-ranked American man, 27-year-old John Isner, is currently well behind the leaders at number 15.
McEnroe said tennis would have to evolve into a more accessible sport and shed its image of an elite pastime to widen the net for future champions.
"Everyone in America and in other countries are looking for that next great player. The more that the game becomes accessible to youngsters and hopefully sexy in a way for kids to want to play in America -- I can't speak for every country. It's not that affordable.
"We had a great run for many years. You look at Australian tennis for example, they have an incredible history and they've been wondering.
"But they're a lot smaller country so there seems to be no reason why we couldn't find some players. We gotta find athletes and people who have the opportunity. You have to give more people the opportunity, it's really as simple as that."
Asked why American women had succeeded where the men had failed, McEnroe pointed to the economic opportunities tennis offers over other women's sports.
"For ladies one of the great things about tennis is the opportunity is there for them, more than virtually any other sport they play. They're given equal opportunity in terms of prize money, much closer to a fair shake growing up.
"And that's good and that's why you see a lot more girls in America turning to tennis than say American football, basketball, baseball, the other sports."
The seven-time Grand Slam champion was speaking at a press conference for the BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong, where he will play his former rival and fellow great Ivan Lendl in an exhibition match.