Three of tennis' "Four Musketeers" will be watching today as John McEnroe of the United States plays Yannick Noah of host France in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup championship in Grenoble.
American Gene Mayer will play Henri LeConte in the second match as a result of yesterday's draw. In Saturday's doubles match, it will be McEnroe and Peter Fleming against Noah and LeConte. Play concludes Sunday with McEnroe playing LeConte.
McEnroe and Noah have played each other once before--in the Sunshine Cup in 1977, when McEnroe won. The United States is the defending champion.
"It's a great draw for us," said Arthur Ashe, nonplaying captain of the U.S. team. "I always wanted John to play first and last, and that's exactly what's happening."
Three of the Four Musketeers who won the Davis Cup for France from 1927 to 1932 are attending the matches. Jean Borotra is 84, Henri Cochet 80 and Rene Lacoste 78. The fourth, Toto Brugnon, died in 1978.
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