In the last match for both players before the Wimbledon tennis championships begin in eight days, Jimmy Connors defeated John McEnroe, 7-5, 6-3, today.
Connors earned the $24,000 first prize in the Stella Artois Grand Prix Championships on the grass courts of the Queen's Club. McEnroe had won the event the last three years.
The two men are expected to be named the top seeds for Wimbledon, where McEnroe will be defending his title.
"I've got a week off to work on my game and I just hope I'll be playing as well when Wimbledon starts," said Connors.
McEnroe has beaten Connors twice in the United States this year, in the Masters in New York and the U.S. Pro Indoor. Connors beat McEnroe in November in the London International Grand Prix.
Connors' victory today did not surprise the crowds who had watched McEnroe's in-and-out form at Queen's Club during the past week.
"I have served well some days, and not so well on others," McEnroe said. "I am just sorry I didn't play better in the final."
McEnroe, 23, had eight aces, but he had four double faults and in the second set most of his first serves were off target.
"He can play better," Connors, 29, said. "He missed a few shots he normally would not miss."
McEnroe said his injured left ankle, which kept him out of the French Open, is much better. "It is still not 100 percent, but it had nothing to do with how I played today," he said.
He started well enough, acing Connors on the first point and winning his service at love. But he had continuing trouble getting his first serve in.
Connors served for the opening set at 5-4, but missed two ground strokes and a netted volley, then a magnificent pass from McEnroe won the game. Connors immediately broke back to go ahead, 6-5, and this time he held his service. The only break of the second set came in the fifth game, and after that McEnroe never looked as if he would rally.
A double fault by McEnroe put Connors at match point, and he converted it with a winning forehand volley.
This tournament marked the start of McEnroe's English troubles last year. He feuded with umpires day after day and continued doing it at Wimbledon, where he took the title away from Bjorn Borg but incurred a string of fines and a snub when the All England Club declined to make him an honorary member, an honor traditionally given to Wimbledon champions.
McEnroe and partner Peter Rennert won the doubles title today, defeating fellow Americans Vic Amaya and Hank Pfister, 7-6, 7-5.