Their story as a couple, like the story of the McEnroe brothers, is inextricably linked to this city and this tournament — the marquee annual sporting event in New York.
The annual Grand Slam event is estimated to bring in nearly $800 million to the city, with more than half the fans coming from outside the metro region and some 14 percent traveling to the city from overseas. (By way of comparison, when the Super Bowl was held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, it brought in an estimated $550 million to $600 million to the city.)
The tournament has come a long way from when it was hosted at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, near the McEnroe home in Douglaston. This is where Patrick watched John play his first U.S. Open in 1977, the last year it was held in Forest Hills, before relocating to Flushing.
It has also been a long journey for the McEnroes, who perhaps, more than in years past, could use the comfort and familiarity that comes from being at the Open. This year their parents, John McEnroe Sr. and Katherine McEnroe, died within six months of each other.
Before their deaths, they were able to see the blossoming…