Retired tennis player Patrick McEnroe tests positive for coronavirus

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Patrick McEnroe, right, and John McEnroe arrive for the welcome ceremony prior to the Laver Cup on Sept. 18, 2019, in Geneva.
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ESPN commentator and former tennis player Patrick McEnroe tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a video he released via Twitter on Tuesday, but said he’s feeling better as he remains in quarantine in the basement of his home in Westchester, N.Y.

McEnroe, 53, said he “got some minor symptoms” and self-isolated 10 or 11 days ago. He recently got the positive results.

“The good news is, I feel fine,” said McEnroe, the younger brother of John McEnroe. “My symptoms have passed. I feel really 100%.”

He praised his wife, Melissa, for taking care of him while he and their family remained in quarantine at home. “Let’s get this thing. Let’s nail this thing,” he said.


Separately, the U.S. Tennis Assn.’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., is being converted into a temporary hospital in response to demand created by the spread of COVID-19.

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According to, the indoor training center will become the site of 350 hospital beds and Louis Armstrong Stadium will become a commissary that will feed hospital workers and those seeking assistance. The setup is expected to become operational next week.

Also, officials at the All England Lawn Tennis Club — which hosts Wimbledon — are scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday. They’re expected to cancel this year’s tournament, the first cancellation since World War II. The French Open, originally scheduled for May 24 through June 7, was postponed and rescheduled to take place Sept. 20 through Oct. 4.

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