Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Rory plays serious: McIlroy up to No.3 in world as he takes on McEnroe at Wimbledon

Rory McIlroy

Fun loving US Open champion Rory McIlroy will today celebrate a career high golf ranking of third in the world - by having a "knock-up" with tennis legend John McEnroe at Wimbledon.

McEnroe, still famous for his 'You cannot be serious' Wimbledon rant 30 years ago, threw down the challenge to tennis fan Rory via social network site Twitter.

McIlroy has been on a week long party with friends and pop stars Olly Murs and JLS since his sensational victory at Congressional Golf Club last weekend.

Now the 22-year-old Holywood hero has moved up one place in the world rankings behind fellow British players Luke Donald and Lee Westwood without having to hit a shot this week due to Martin Kaymer's failure to finish in the top eight at the BMW International Open in Munich yesterday.

It is the first time since the world rankings were launched in 1986 that three players from the United Kingdom have occupied the top three positions.

Rory, who has earned £1,500,563 already this season, is thoroughly enjoying life as the US Open champion and this afternoon he will be a special guest at SW19 to watch Scot Andy Murray take on Richard Gasquet, followed by his pal Rafa Nadal's clash with Juan Martin del Potro.

The practice court meeting of the two Macs was set up by Murray's former coach and TV tennis pundit Mark Petchey via Twitter.

After reading an exchange between McIlroy and US player Mardy Fish, Petchey posted: "John Mac said he will hit with u. Up for it?" McIlroy immediately responded: "Would love to!"

After Wimbledon, McIlroy is expected to fly to Germany for the World Heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye on Saturday night.

He returns to competitive golf at The Open Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich, in three weeks time.

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