John McEnroe playing against Ivan Lendl in Hong Kong, in 1984. Photo: SCMP John McEnroe playing against Ivan Lendl in Hong Kong, in 1984. Photo: SCMP
John McEnroe playing against Ivan Lendl in Hong Kong, in 1984. Photo: SCMP

When tennis star John McEnroe, and his temper, came to Hong Kong to play Ivan Lendl

  • Pre-match drama began a month before the match, when McEnroe injured his back
  • But the ‘five-set thriller’ between the world’s top two players went ahead as scheduled, in April 1984

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John McEnroe playing against Ivan Lendl in Hong Kong, in 1984. Photo: SCMP John McEnroe playing against Ivan Lendl in Hong Kong, in 1984. Photo: SCMP
John McEnroe playing against Ivan Lendl in Hong Kong, in 1984. Photo: SCMP
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