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McEnroe For Grand Slam Tennis

Electronic Arts Inc. has announced that tennis legend John McEnroe will headline a roster of some of the sport’s all-time greats to be featured in EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis.

An enigmatic personality both on and off the court, McEnroe makes his videogame debut in EA’s new tennis franchise. The game is being developed under the EA Sports brand by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C. It will be available first for the Wii.

“It’s great that EA Sports has embraced tennis into its family of games. I think it’s a solid sign the sport is thriving and I hope it will continue to generate more interest and excitement in tennis,” says McEnroe. “Having Wimbledon exclusive to this game is huge because Wimbledon is such a special tournament, for the entire sport of tennis and for me personally.”

One of the greatest tennis players of all-time, McEnroe won seven Grand Slams, including three at Wimbledon, and amassed 77 singles titles. He stopped playing singles on the main ATP tour at the end of 1992 but has remained heavily involved in tennis, playing on seniors tours and providing television commentary for a number of networks at the Grand Slams.

McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. Off the court, he hosted his own talk show and has written an autobiography, titled “You Cannot Be Serious”, a phrase he made famous through his on-court outbursts during his career.

"You cannot be serious!"

Specifically designed for the Wii, EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis aims to make Wii players feel like they are actually playing tennis, performing real forehands and backhands in their living rooms. The game is one of the first to be compatible with Wii MotionPlus, which enhances the one-to-one motion with added shot depth and precise ball placement.

A video of the game can be viewed here.

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