TORONTO - One of the legends of tennis has gone down at the Rogers Cup.
John McEnroe, one of the most recognizable names in the game, had to be helped off Centre Court at the Rexall Centre on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury in his game against Michael Chang, part of the tournament's inaugural Rogers Legends Cup.
"I am disappointed," McEnroe said in a statement. "I have a good history in Toronto and was very much looking forward to playing Andre."
The 52-year-old McEnroe was to play American star Andre Agassi on Sunday to cap the Legends event. Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier will play in his place.
Trailing 5-4 in the second set in a match that saw Chang win the first set 6-3, McEnroe was stretching for a shot when he collapsed to the ground, his face twisted in pain.
Chang and two medical officials tended to McEnroe as he lay on the court for nearly 10 minutes. They finally hoisted him to his feet and he hobbled, his arms wrapped around the two medics, off the court.
He stopped at one point to toss his white hat into the crowd, the effort causing him more discomfort. He then tugged off his blue shirt and threw that to the crowd as well.
The former world No. 1 player won seven Grand Slams during his illustrious career, and 77 tournaments overall.
Advertising for the event caused a stir recently with posters that read: "Come for the Ladies, Stay for the Legends."