John McEnroe may be the go-to tennis analyst on whatever network will hire him. Old nemesis Jimmy Connors wants a piece of the action, too.
Tennis Channel signed Connors as its lead analyst during the U.S. Open in September, its first year of covering the event. Connors, who most recently coached Andy Roddick and had some trouble with fans outside a college basketball game near his home in Santa Barbara, has experience working for the BBC during its Wimbledon coverage. But he hasn’t been on a televised tennis team for a U.S. network since 1991.
Bill Macatee will call the U.S. Open matches for Tennis Channel — 60 hours of live matches — with Connors and Martina Navratilova, so both the all-time men’s and women’s singles title holders will be together in the same booth.
“I’m very happy to join Tennis Channel’s on-air team during its first US Open coverage, and to work with Bill Macatee, Martina Navratilova and the rest of the team,” said Connors in a statement. “The U.S. Open has a special place in my heart and in the hearts of American tennis fans, and no other tournament in the world can match its drama and the electricity. In a short amount of time Tennis Channel has shaken up the way the sport is televised, and I’m excited to be a part of the effort to take US Open coverage to the next level.”