DALLAS, Reuter: Milosav Mecir kept his patience and overcame an angry John McEnroe 60, 36, 62, 62 today to win the 500,000 dollar WCT finals tennis tournament.

The Czechoslovak, who had never won a set from McEnroe, said he tried to ignore the American’s outbursts. McEnroe was fined $2,000 and was assessed two time violations and a penalty point for verbal abuse.

“It’s not very nice to play in such an atmosphere,” Mecir said. “TY would’ve been happy if he would have left.

“I have learned to be more patient when somebody is arguing or trying to get me out of my timing”, said Mecir, whose 200.000 dollar prize pushed his career earnings over the one million dollar mark.

Mecir, ranked fifth in the world, dominated the first set without dropping a game. The Czechoslovak went on a run of 12 consecutive points over the course of four games and dropped only nine points in the entire set.

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 17, 1987