NEWPORT BEACH — The first serve John McEnroe hit was an ace Thursday night.
McEnroe, now 51, appeared humble in the World Team Tennis match at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
"It's the first [ace] I've got in 30 years," he said.
It was early; the humility could only last so long.
Ten minutes later in the men's doubles set, he was back to the fiery personality, yelling at a lineswoman after a call didn't go his way and putting his hands on his hips in that trademark pouty attitude the 17-time Grand Slam winner made famous. Soon after that, McEnroe turned his attention to the umpire, asking if he could make some fans in the club seats quiet down.
"You can't tell them to shut up?" McEnroe said. "They're just allowed to talk as loud as they want?"
McEnroe put on a show with the New York Sportimes, the Eastern Conference regular-season champions. After he and Robert Kendrick won that first set, 5-4, in a tiebreaker on McEnroe's service winner, he gave Kendrick a big hug at the net.