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Farragut resident ‘winner’ at Simpson’s Centre Court match for Blount education

LOUISVILLE — Having followed John McEnroe’s grand-slam tennis career journey from 1979 to the mid-1980s, Farragut resident Ellen Hubrig put her money where her admiration was without blinking.

Hubrig stepped up and served $2,200 to purchase an autographed McEnroe racquet, used by the tennis legend, during an auction prior to best of three sets exhibition match Wednesday, May 3, featuring the 47-year-old 7-time grand-slam singles champion against James Blake, currently ranked No. 7 in the world.

“McEnroe and I are the same age, and I’ve been watching him ever since he started [late 1970s],” said Hubrig, president of Farragut High School’s PTSO, after Blake’s 6-4, 6-2 win at the Healthy Returns for Education Tennis Challenge at Centre Court Racquet Club. “I just play for fun, but I just love watching the [U.S.] Open, Wimbledon and ‘Mac,’ growing up with him ever since.”

Saying she was attending her first-ever professional match, Hubrig got to see the McEnroe up close and personal — if only for a few seconds — following the match.

A friend Hubrig met at the match helped get McEnroe’s attention, shouting ‘Hey John, come over, she bought your racquet,’ as the tennis legend acknowledged the pair with an extended hand gesture as if to say, “wait a second” while warming up for a mixed doubles match.

Moments later McEnroe came over to Hubrig’s courtside seat and signed her book, a book McEnroe


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