Top-seeded John McEnroe easily beat unseeded Juan Rodriguez of Spain, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals of the $375,000 Stockholm Open. McEnroe was joined in the quarterfinals by third-seeded Stefan Edberg and fifth-seeded Anders Jarryd, both of Sweden, and unseeded Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland. Edberg defeated Tim Wilkison of the United States, 6-2, 6-2. Jarryd beat fellow Swede Jonas Svensson, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, and Hlasek defeated Frenchman Thierry Tulasne, 6-3, 6-3 . . .

The governing body of men's tournament tennis says it has filed a counterclaim against agents it accused of strangling the game.

The Men's International Professional Tennis Council alleged the agents, including International Management Group and ProServ Inc., were holding the sport hostage "and seeking to strangle it in an illegal web of pervasive conflict, intimidation, fraud and corruption."

Council chairman Mike Davies said the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, "says very plainly that the council has gone to war with the agents. Their conflicts and entanglements now threaten our sport to the extent that we feel the agents must choose whether they will represent the players or tournaments."