>>NASSER: Yes, yes, it’s true. I have shorts on. Yes, it’s true. Thank you! I want to go on record. I want to go on record and say I have been
this hairy even when I was in my mother’s womb, alright? I get it. I look like a walking chia pet. Go ahead and get that out of the way. Thank you very much. Hey, are you excited about today? Three tennis legends in the house. We want to introduce… Have a seat real quickly. We want to introduce them to you one by one
with a little sizzle reel. First off, come on;
number one tennis player in the world-Andy Roddick is in the house. Let’s watch this video.>>VIDEO ANNOUNCER: Andy Roddick became the
number one junior in the world in the year 2000. In 2003, he became ranked as the world number
one and became the Grand Slam singles champion. He finished in the top ten of the ATP rankings
nine straight years. Over his career, he’s won 32 single’s titles. He’s known for his devastating serve which
has been timed as a high as 155 miles per hour. This year, he was inducted into the International
Tennis Hall of Fame.>>NASSER: Everybody come on;
put your hands together for Andy Roddick! So honored to have you, thanks for being here,
Andy! Alright, next up, we have French Open Champion
Michael Chang in the house. Put your hands together for him. Let’s watch this video.>>VIDEO: Michael Chang stepped onto the scene
early, winning his first national title at age 12. At 15, he became the youngest player to win
a main draw match at the US Open. At 17, he won the 1989 French open, becoming
the youngest male player ever to win a Grand Slam title. Over his career he won 34 singles titles. In 1996, he reached his career best rank of
world number two. He was inducted into the International Tennis
Hall of Fame in 2008.>>NASSER: Come on, come on! Put your hands together for the great Michael
Chang, everybody! So great to have you here. Thanks for being here, Michael. And then, of course, last but not least, the
iconic legend, the man himself, John McEnroe, everybody. Come on;
let’s watch this!>>VIDEO ANNOUNCER: John McEnroe established
himself as a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning. As an 18-year-old amateur, he won his first
17 major titles in pairs. Over his career, he won 155 ATP titles, the
highest men’s combined total of the Open era. He’s been the top-ranked player in the world
for both singles and doubles and remained a member of the world top ten for ten years. He was inducted in the International Tennis
Hall of Fame in 199.>>NASSER: Come on;
let’s welcome John McEnroe to the house! So honored to have him here. Hey John! Man, it’s an honor to have you here-huge fan.>>JOHN MCENROE: Thanks for having me.>>NASSER: Well, let’s start with John McEnroe
right off the bat. I mean not just, again, not just a tennis
legend, but really as a commentator, you’ve become quite the voice for tennis. A lot of people recognize you as just in a
second chapter of just being, again, a commentator and a voice. Take us back. What are some highlights of your career. What are some moments as you look back that
you really think as those just crossroad moments that just catapulted you to the next level?>>MCENROE: Well first of all, how many people
here know who I am?>>NASSER: Oh, they know you.>>MCENROE: How many people know who I am
from being a commentator or a tennis player?>>ANDY RODDICK: They actually saw you in
“Mr. Deeds.”>>MCENROE: That’s what my next question was. How many people know me from my acting work? I’m kidding. I’m kidding. Actually, when I was 18-years-old, which I
guess a fair amount of people here are that age, I went to Europe for the first time and
played Wimbledon for the first time and made it through to the semifinals. And that completely changed my life. And after that I had some memorable moments
at Wimbledon and the US Open were probably two of the most… Playing Björn Borg, we had an epic match
back in 1980 long before anyone in this room was born. And I continued to be able to play at some
big events there. And also, the Davis Cup-which I don’t know
if people know. I had some great moments playing for my country. Thank you! And unfortunately, the Davis Cup doesn’t have
the same allure that it used to. So, recently, I just was a captain at a thing
called the Labor Cup, which I think gives great promise for the future. I’m hopeful that that’s going to become an
important event on the tennis calendar.>>NASSER: Yeah, you bet. We’ve actually got a little video about that
match in 1980 and the ’81 that really brought you into just superstar status. Let’s watch this real quick together.>>NASSER: Wow. 16-18, right?>>MCENROE: 18-16, yeah. You know, I thought I had it after that, because
he had won four straight. And I thought he was going to get depressed
and down, and maybe give in a little bit, and I had the momentum. And he showed me what a true, great, great
champion… He dug deep and found another gear, and somehow,
he pulled it out. But luckily, thank you for mentioning, even
though we didn’t see highlights… Oh, we did see the highlight of me winning
in the next year. I like that one better.>>NASSER: Yeah, you took him the next year,
and then he walked out, and he hasn’t really played much since. You retired the man.>>MCENROE: Well, I don’t know if that’s entirely
true. I wish he had kept playing. I loved playing against him. You know the great rivals make each other
better, so that, to me, was what was so… one of the things that was so great about
playing against him. And for years I kept trying to tell him to
come back. You know, I missed him, but I love him. So, it’s good. We’re still friends.>>NASSER: Maybe he’ll come to Liberty. We’d love to have him at Liberty. It’d be great to have the great Björn Borg. Andy, man, former number one tennis player
in the world. You won the Davis Cup for us. Tell us, when you look back at your career,
tell us; what are some of the most memorable moments? I know you’ve had a lot of incredible moments,
but what is one moment that really stands out to you?>>RODDICK: You mentioned Davis Cup, and John
alluded to it. When I was growing up, a huge moment for me-not
during my career, but when I was a tennis fan-was the 1992 Davis Cup final. It was in Dallas Fort Worth. I got to go with my Tennis Club, took a bunch
of kids up there. And, you know, it was based on how we did
in tennis practice, if we tried. And I got there somehow. Obviously, it wasn’t based on court behavior. But I saw Johnny Mac’, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier,
and Andre Agassi. And how good is that team, where guys like
McEnroe and Sampras were the double’s team? They weren’t playing the singles. So, that just absolutely blew my mind, made
me want to play Davis Cup. So, to fast-forward to the last time the US
has won was in 2007, and I was a part of that great team. The US Open was amazing. Getting to number one was amazing, but that
all happened so quick. You know, in Davis Cup, we took our losses
for 4, 5, 6, 7 years. So, to finally have that moment with guys
who ended up being lifelong friends of mine was pretty cool.>>NASSER: Man, we’ve got this video clip
of this moment when you retired. This was, obviously, years after you hit number
one and you got to kind of be home in New York City where you got to say thank you and
show gratitude to a lot of people that mean a lot to you. Let’s watch this, and I want to get some of
your thoughts.>>Yeah! Pretty honest, revealing moment. So, you know, you had this incredible career. Agassi actually called single’s tennis the
loneliest of all the sports. But then you stop, and you kind of look back
and think about all the people that really helped you along the way. Any thoughts on that? Any more insight into that moment?>>RODDICK: Yeah, it’s a strange thing, and
I don’t know that I have it figured out yet. You know, it is an individual sport, but I
think we all need people around us to help us get to that place. I know John had many great ones who worked
with him. I know Harry Hopman early on and then various
coaches throughout his career. I know Michael was very close with his family. His brother Carl had a big impact on his career. And we all have those people who maybe aren’t
the ones front and center in the highlight package that you saw earlier, but I certainly
lean on a bunch of people from when I was a kid to when I was a pro. You know, and post career also, you know,
it’s no different than a lot of you needing that support system. It’s just that we’re out kind of out in front
of the cameras and have maybe a couple more eyeballs on us.>>NASSER: Michael, speaking of just this
lonely sport, you take this game where… And people sometimes push back and say maybe
boxing is a lonely sport, but they get to go and sit on a bench and get coached and
get encouraged. You know, you guys are just out here, and
there’s no coaching inside of a match. On top of that, add the fact that you are
just a sold out, born-again believer who loves the Lord in a sport that isn’t necessarily
always known for strong elements of faith. What’s that been like for you? We’d love to hear, what’s it like as a believer
to be in that and be salt and light?>>MICHAEL CHANG: Yeah, I mean in certain
aspects it wasn’t easy. So, I think on a couple of levels. One, there weren’t a lot of Christians, certainly
out on tour. There weren’t a whole lot of Asians as well. So, I think… But I think the great thing about playing
on tour is that we have tennis players from all different walks of life. They’re from all different parts of the world,
all different cultures, all different languages. And I think because of that, everybody has
a very high level of respect for everybody, no matter where they’re coming from. You know, I certainly felt like, for me, obviously,
I’m trying to go out there and play the absolute best tennis that I can play, but at the same
time, I’m trying to be salt and light like you said for Christ. And, you know, it meant that I’m certainly
out there trying to show love off the court. But hey, in tennis I’m trying to show love
on the court as well. If I can beat the guy at six love, six love,
hey, I’m going to do it. Isn’t that the best way to do it? But it’s been, you know, it’s been a fun journey. I’m so thankful for the talent that was given
to me and I had a lot of fun along the way.>>NASSER: The French Open moment, obviously
no one saw that coming. And it wasn’t even the final, right, against
Edberg that…? Who was the final? I can’t remember.>>CHANG: Final was Edberg, and Lendl was
round 16.>>NASSER: Round 16, number one player in
the world, Ivan Lendl at that time. I think at the fifth set you were tired. You were cramping. All the stuff was just going against you,
and then you had an idea that was very surprising, I think, to your opponent. Let’s watch this, and I’d love to get some
of your thoughts on it.>>NASSER: Andy said, man, I love that. That was about as good as it gets right there,
that little underhand-amazing. Some thoughts on that whole tournament and
what it did for your career?>>CHANG: I mean, the tournament was incredible. You know, I think during that period of time,
that was actually a very down time for Chinese people around the world. The middle Sunday, actually, the situation
in Tiananmen happened. So, the crackdown happened where many thousands
of students lost their lives in Tiananmen square. And so, certainly, if I was not out there
playing my match or practicing, I was watching the TV, glued to the events that are happening
up there. I think, you know this tournament really changed
my life in many ways. God taught me some incredible lessons. Probably the biggest lesson that I learned
was actually in that match with Ivan Lendl. I was cramping very severely, and actually
at 2-1 in the fifth I was starting to think to myself, who am I kidding here? I’m not going to win this match. I’m 17-years-old. I’m playing against the number one player
in the world. He’s a three-time French Open champion. I’m cramping. I can’t move, which is really my greatest
asset out there. What’s the difference whether I just quit
and just call it a day, or finish that match and lose. Either way I lose. So, I’m thinking, ah, it’s not that bad of
a day. How many 17-year-olds get a chance to say,
wow, I took the number one player in the world to five sets? I’ll get a pat on the back in the locker room
and get a couple nice write-ups in the media. That’s a pretty good day. So, at 2-1 I started to actually walk toward
the chair umpire, and I actually got to the service line. And, believe it or not, I had an unbelievable
conviction from God. At that point it dawned on me and was almost
like the Lord was telling me, Michael, what are you doing here? Do you realize that if you quit now, every
circumstance that you have that similar situation-whether it’s on the court or off the court-if you
quit the first time, the second, third, fourth, fifth time that it happens, you’re going to
quit again. It’s going to become easier, and easier, and
easier. So, I said alright Lord, I’m just going to
leave the winning and losing up to you, and whatever happens, happens. I’m just going to take things point by point. And, strangely enough, as this match went
on, my goal was actually to go out and to finish that race. Finish the match;
that was my goal. And so, I started to go, and I hit moon balls,
and strangely enough, Ivan started hitting moon balls back. And I just started going for shots, and go
for this one, go for that one. And all of the sudden, they all started going
in. So, points started turning into games. Games started turning into the set. Before I know it, I won the match. I’m on my back, and the Lord brings me through
three other really, really tough matches. And it finally dawned on me that when the
tournament was done, I realized the French Open in ’89 was not about Michael Chang becoming
the youngest male Grand Slam Champion- but the Lord really used it to put a smile
on Chinese peoples’ faces during a time in which there wasn’t a whole lot to smile about. And I started to definitely understand a lot
to a much greater degree that tennis and sports, you have a platform to be able to certainly
showcase your talent, but at the same time to be able to touch lives and be able to impact
hearts. Becomes a lot more important, because it lasts
for a much longer period than your own career.>>NASSER: For the non… Yeah, it’s amazing. For the non-tennis fans in the room, the French
Open is a two-week tournament, and Michael is talking about how that very middle of the
tournament, that Sunday, is when Tiananmen Square happened. And so, the whole world was paying attention
to China. And here you were, in the middle of that tournament,
being able to just, like you said, bring a lot of hope to the people of that nation. That’s incredible. John, you are known, not just for a guy who
had a TV show, and a guy who’s always just a voice for tennis, and a guy who’s just a
rock star in a lot of different facets. But you’re kind of known for your temper a
little bit, your tantrums that you’ve thrown in years past-long, long time ago.>>MCENROE: Do I have to show one in the match
tonight? Is that okay? Yeah?>>NASSER: Someone told me that it’s literally
in the writer that tonight, people come expecting John McEnroe to be John McEnroe, so you’re
going to have to throw…>>MCENROE: I’ll be ushered out of the stadium
within the first few games, I think, if that happens. Will you promise to allow me to stay no matter
what happens?>>NASSER: Yes, we will let you stay no matter
what.>>MCENROE: We have cameras here, okay?>>NASSER: I want to show the Stockholm moment. And as people are watching this, I want you
to know he wins this match. He doesn’t lose it. This is strategy at its very best. Watch this.>>NASSER: John…>>MCENROE: I thought you said I was better
known for my tennis.>>NASSER: What is the psyche behind that? I mean, honestly, you’ve got one of the most
gentle-spirited guys on the tour, kind of in the middle-has had his moments. And then you’re… I’d love to hear the psyche behind that kind
of a competitive edge and what’s happening when you guys are trying to just, sometimes
kill a little time, right?>>MCENROE: How much time to we have in this
Q&A, because this is… I feel like we should move into a psychiatrist’s
office.>>CHANG: Actually, the danger is that when
John gets upset… Everybody else, when everybody else gets upset,
they play worse. When John McEnroe gets upset, he actually
plays better. So, it’s in your best interest to keep him
calm.>>MCENROE: Thank you, Michael.>>NASSER: Don’t awaken the beast.>>MCENROE: See, he is a gentle soul. This psyche behind it is probably completely
wrong. But absolutely feeling like the umpires and
the linesmen were out to get me. That’s where it started. Now, I’m not saying it’s right, but I felt
like they were very incompetent. And then it gets to pure… Where I lose it. And there’s that fine line between frustration,
and anger, and then feeling like even I… Despite what you saw in that particular clip,
don’t want to feel like you’ve lost control. You still feel like you’re in control. Now, it turned out when I hit those cups and
the water, that one of those cups hit the King of Sweden who was sitting in the first
row. But the good news is it turned out he was
a fan of mine; it’s okay! He was a little hot under the collar also. And then when I stood up at the end, it was
as if to say, well, if you’re going to default me, default me if you think that what I did
was that egregious or that bad by doing that… Because I had… Well, this is a long story, but I had just
met my future ex-wife.>>NASSER: Tatum O’Neal>>MCENROE: That’s correct. And at the time, I thought that maybe it wouldn’t
be the worst thing if I was defaulted, so I could go back and see her. But it turns out I wasn’t defaulted, and I
ended up winning the tournament. I don’t know what the moral of that story
is. Can you help me out with that, please?>>RODDICK: Different thought processes between
the ’89 French Open and the Stockholm Tournament that you played in->>MCENROE: A little bit different between
’84 and ’89 there.>>NASSER: The moral of that story is we’ve
all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And, if you’re going to hit a king, hit the
one from Sweden, you know what I’m saying? Because they don’t every show up for a fight
anyway, so we’re good.>>MCENROE: Oh!>>NASSER: They’re better than the French
though, hey Andy?>>MCENROE: Where’s the drum roll? Any Swedes in the audience?>>NASSER: Speaking of->>RODDICK: I’ve got to be honest;
I didn’t think you were going to say the most controversial thing today.>>NASSER: The day is young.>>MCENROE: Now we’re getting somewhere.>>NASSER: They day is young. So, speaking of showing up for a fight, what
is happening with men’s tennis in the US? I know that women have really stepped up. Goodness, all four semis were women, that
were American in the US Open this time. You talked about a healthy jealousy where
the men are just starting to get hungry for, man, a good kind of competition between the
men from the United States that are rising up. You were the last guy to win a major. You know, the Davis Cup we’ve been struggling. Can you talk to us about just the state of
affairs in Men’s Tennis in the US?>>RODDICK: Yeah, I’m glad you separated the
two, because the question I normally get is, “What’s wrong with American Tennis?” I go, we need to be specific, because the
women are doing amazing. And Venus and Serena have carried the flag
for 15 years. You know, I don’t know. I kind of walk between different opinions
on what’s wrong. I think one is the shadow created by the guys
to my left is not an easy thing to deal with. You know, I was kind of in the shadow of the
Rushmore of American Men’s Tennis during my career, and I was lucky. I talked about it in my Hall of Fame Speech. It was a responsibility that made me better,
because it was so precious to me, especially idolizing these guys growing up. I hope the younger players feel that responsibility. I’m not sure if they do. I also think there’s a sense of entitlement
a little bit. If you look at someone like a Novak Djokovic
or you hear stories of Ana Ivanovic where she learned how to play tennis at the bottom
of a pool that didn’t have any water in it. And that’s a different kind of mindset than
a talented junior player from this country where the worst-case scenario is going to
a beautiful university and being a popular guy on campus for four years. So, wherever that hunger needs to come from,
I just feel like maybe it’s lost a little bit. I will give credit to some of the younger
players. I think we have… I equate kind of the minor league system in
tennis to, I’d say US has a very, very, very strong farm system right now as it would equate
to baseball. I think we have 10, 12, 15 guys that are under
21 in the top 200 in the world. And you mentioned a healthy jealousy. I hope that Frances Tiafoe wins a tournament,
and then Tommy Paul goes, wait a minute, I beat that guy last week in practice. And then it’s kind of this downhill snowball
that we haven’t had in a while. I think it’s tough to point at one guy and
say he’s going to be the guy to fix US Tennis. I hope there’s a bunch of them. You can kind of create a cavalry. I’m sure, that when John’s friend Jimmy won
a Grand Slam, he’s going, wait a minute. I don’t want that guy to have some of my shine. I’m the guy. I want to be the American guy. And similar with Michael and his generation. I’m sure they all pushed each other. So, I’m glad there’s strength in numbers right
now with our younger players, and I hope that the rhetoric will be different around this
conversation in three or four years.>>NASSER: But you guys transcended the game. People that didn’t necessarily watch tennis
became a Michael Chang fan, because you were 17. You were just out there. You beat, you know, Ivan Lendl in the fourth
round. That under… I mean the stuff, you were beyond with Borg,
and Conners, and people are watching who you were dating in People Magazine. Does it feel like some of the personality’s
gone, Michael? In some of those people that people want to
just follow? Are you pretty hopeful with where American
Tennis is headed in the next few years?>>CHANG: I mean, you know like Andy said,
you know obviously, Venus and Serena have been unbelievable. Now, look at this year’s US Open, Madison
Keys and Sloane Stephens, you know. I think there’s, like Andy said, this next
crop of young, male, American players is extremely talented. We actually haven’t seen this kind of talent
for quite some time-really since Andy’s generation. I mean, although Isner has been doing well. You know, Stevie Johnson has been doing well. This next crop has been great, and they’ve
already been starting to feed off of each other’s success. And, you know, about three years ago they
were dominating the junior tour. They were winning the Junior French Open,
the Junior Wimbledon. And I think those are all really, really great
signs. And I hope that they get the kind of mentorship
that I think will help them to continue to grow and continue to get better and better. Because, obviously, when you’re out there
playing on the main tour, it is bigger than playing in juniors and in collegiate level. But they’re gaining the experience. They’re winning matches. They’re winning tough matches, and little
by little, they’re gaining confidence.>>MCENROE: Could I add just two quick things? One would be that in a one-on-one game… You mentioned personality, and we’ve lost… I think that the powers to be try to stifle
that to some degree-made it more difficult for the fan to get to know the player on a
certain level. And I think that was a big problem in our
sport. And moving forward, we need to reach out and
try to grab fans. Because I think the game is a tremendous game. Look what’s happened;
I mean, I love American football. It’s an incredible game. Alright, relax back there, will you? But you can see the psychological and physical
damage that it’s done. I just spent the weekend with a couple of
my old buddies from college that played in the NFL. Great guys-they can barely walk, these guys. And they’re worried about their brains. It’s absolutely horrible in a certain way. And tennis, in a lot of ways build character. Makes you be able to help make decisions on
your own, to learn about life, and how to cope with losing, and to benefit, to learn
from it. And so that we should be out there telling
the parents, and making the game accessible and more affordable so that more kids can
do that, and they at least have an option. I mean, I love football. I don’t want it to go away, but tennis is
a great option.>>NASSER: Absolutely. That’s great. One final little clip that involves both of
you. Speaking of days where American tennis players,
on the male side, where just complete rock stars, you got to host SNL, right? And we want to show this one. You got to be a part of that, John. Let’s watch this, and we’re going to go down
and play some tennis here in a minute.>>NASSER: Alright, so speaking of battle
of the sexes, John your new book came out. It’s amazing, by the way. Love the new book. But you were doing an NPR plug for the book,
and this lady asked you the question. You were certainly not trying to compare apples
and oranges, but she said you said that the Williams sisters were iconic. You said that Serena was the greatest female
player of all time, and she pushed back and said why not just the greatest player of all
time. You said, what are you talking about? And then you talked. Tell us a little bit about that.>>MCENROE: Do I have to?>>NASSER: Please.>>MCENROE: Well, the truth is that for whatever
reason, I’m the whipping boy for the person that should play against Serena if they were
to play a guy. I mean there’s thousands of people, both retired
and present playing, that would perhaps relish the chance-or maybe they wouldn’t-to play
Serena Williams.>>CHANG: But as colorful as you? I don’t think so.>>MCENROE: But I guess they were hoping I’m
going to hit that cup over, you know, hit the cup on the King of Sweden again or something
if I lose her serve. But somehow, it’s always been banning about
it. It’s never something that I wanted, but I’ve
only defended myself, sir, to say that I believe that I could win if by some chance we did
play. I apologize for all concerns for even saying
that. I’m sorry. And so, therefore, it became this issue, because
I came up with a number. So, it was something that, now to me, Serena
is a tremendous champion. And maybe it’d be best if we never played.>>NASSER: Yeah, but I think the thing about
that is you never even asked to play her or wanted to. Somebody’s asking to compare the two, and
you’re just being honest to say those two sports are very different. And for a female to play a male in that game-I
mean, if you put them all in the same pool, obviously, it’d be just very unfair and difficult,
right, in one sense?>>RODDICK: I’ll jump in, because I feel like… So, Serena’s one of my best friends in life. I mean, I absolutely love Serena Williams,
and no one loves them more than I do. I’ve known them since I was seven years old. But to ask Johnny Mac’, you know, who’s a
better tennis player between Roger Federer and Serena Williams if they played. And we’re not bringing anything to the equation. I think it’s just an unfair… It’s a lose some, lose some answer. You know, so, I do think it is a little unfair
that Mac’ kind of gets put there. And we crave honesty. If we feel like an athlete’s being disingenuine
or not giving us an honest answer, we criticize. And when we have an athlete that doesn’t kind
of fit into the echo chamber of what we want to hear, then we criticize. So, it’s not really a fair question. And to Mac’s credit, I think the reason he
is the guy that people point to for the next battle of the sexes because he still plays
amazingly well. I’ll be a schmuck when I’m… What are you, like 74 now?>>NASSER: 58, right?>>MCENROE: Thank you, 58.>>RODDICK: But I think… I think that’s the reason why that question
keeps resurfacing. And also, you want, you talked about American
personalities. And do we need personalities in tennis. Let’s not pretend like tennis isn’t a business. So, if we have someone like Jonnie Mac and
that star power against Serena and her star power, that’s the event that people would
want to see. So, unfortunately, I don’t think that question’s
going anywhere. But to be fair, that was during a book tour,
but you had to have sold more books because of that.>>MCENROE: I think it backfired. Do you know in 2000 I was commentating a match
at the US Open, and I was given a letter in the booth? And I opened the letter, and it said I will
offer you one million dollars to play either of the Williams sisters. And it was signed by Donald J. Trump, now
the president of the United States of America.>>NASSER: He is?>>MCENROE: Did you hear that?>>NASSER: Yeah!>>MCENROE: I said that’s a good start.>>NASSER: You could’ve given that money to
charity.>>MCENROE: But just for the record, and you
can… We have cameras on here. If I ever played Serena Williams, and I said
this before, all the money would go to charity.>>NASSER: So, let’s make that happen. I bet the president’s still good for a million-dollar
check. We give all the money to missions, and Michael
can determine what mission organizations that will be. Is that cool?>>RODDICK: You don’t even get to decide what
charity it goes to, John.>>MCENROE: I don’t even get to decide what
surface it’s played on.>>NASSER: Hey, do you guys want to see these
great legends play a little bit of tennis before we walk out of here? Real quick, so we’re right on time here. Tell us about tonight. I mean, obviously, we’re just… I know you’ve got to warm up, and so right
now you’re just going to dink a little bit with a couple of us. But tell us about tonight. What are we expecting tonight? What’s so awesome about this? Even for non-tennis fans, they don’t want
to miss this. By the way, Liberty students get in for ten
dollars, which is just unheard of in the Power Share Series. That’s an awesome gift from them. What’s going to happen tonight when we come
in here?>>MCENROE: Michael?>>CHANG: Yeah, we have a great format. The one guy that’s missing tonight is James
Blake.>>NASSER: The great James Blake will be with
us tonight.>>CHANG: We have a great format. We have two guys play two semifinals, one
set. So, I’ll play against John. Andy will play against James first, and then
the two winners will play one set finals. So, it’s been great. If you notice the little Geico lizards… We call our own shots. So, John’s going to be calling all his own
calls tonight. Normally we do have hawk-eyes, so if we challenge
and he’s wrong, then…>>MCENROE: People can boo.>>CHANG: People can boo. But it’s been great. It’s been a lot of fun for us, and certainly
been fun for the people to come out and watch. And, yeah, hope you guys can make it.>>MCENROE: We may be mic’d. I think we are mic’d. We were mic’d. And it’s one set formats. You know, that’s good for the older guys. Less is more.>>RODDICK: This is the Power Shares series. Everyone’s an older guy.>>MCENROE: Well, that’s true too compared
to the people that are here right now.>>NASSER: Well the whole community’s coming
out. It’s going to be a fun night. Again, you can get tickets. Make sure you grab them. Liberty students, they’re only ten bucks. Power Shares has been super gracious in doing
that. We’re all going to be out here. And I have asked President Falwell to come
and play a little tennis and a couple of folks from our team as well. Come on;
let’s go down there and play about five, six minutes. So, what we’re going to do here, is we’re
going to play a little king of the hill, alright? Guys, come on down. Andy has… Thank you. Andy is going to play as well. Come on everybody;
put your hands together for, come on, your president, my president-first time in shorts.>>JERRY FALWELL JR: I don’t know David’s
gotten me into, but I will say, they were talking about how ladies’ tennis is doing
so well. I went and watched the skeet shooting team
practice the other day, and the girls were out-shooting the guys 10 to 1. I couldn’t believe it. So, guys, you need to step it up. Alright, here we go.>>NASSER: So, here’s what I think we’ll do. We’ll play king of the hill which means we’ll
play one point. And so, I know you guys didn’t warm up, so
you don’t have to serve if you don’t want to. But can we start, Michael, you against John? We’ll just play one point, and then the winner
of that point stays on. Then, the next challenger will come on, and
then the challenger will start. And then winner just continues to stay on. That’s king of the hill. Does that sound good? Alright, everybody, give it up for Michael
Chang and John McEnroe! That point… That didn’t count. You had to do a little warm up. You ready? Oh! Oh! How could you? That wasn’t very Christ like, Michael Chang. Alright, next challenger, come on everybody;
President Falwell against the great Michael Chang! Come on in, Jerry! Alright, so you’re playing one point, king
of the hill. The winner stays on. That was out. No, no, no, that was out. I saw that out. Oh! Come on;
give it up for President Falwell! Alright, next up. Let’s see if the Duck Dynasty family can hold
some water. Come on, everybody. Give it up for Mary Kate against the great
Michael Chang. That’s so good! Alright, is Dylan around? Where’s Dylan? Dylan, come on up and play Michael Chang. Our formal number one, now our shepherd on
staff. Come on Dylan;
you’re one of our great hopes here. Give it up for Dylan, everybody. Michael, you can go for it with him. Oh, oh, oh! John McEnroe, where’s John McEnroe? Come on out John. Come on;
play Dylan, John. Dylan’s king of the hill. Let’s go. Oh! Oh, yes, he did! Yes, he did! You can’t be serious! Alright, Carla Nava, where are you? Shepherd on campus, played tennis at the college
level. Alright Carla, battle of the sexes right here. That’s a double fault. That’s a double fault. You’re out, you’re out, you’re out, you’re
out. Let’s see President Falwell. Come on out, Jerry, if you don’t mind one
more time. You know you all want to see him play one
more time. This man signs your checks, so no problem,
no pressure. You ready? That was out. Oh, nice! Nice! Alright, next up is our tennis coach here
in the house. He’s not here, alright. We can’t actually have him. There you go;
come on out, coach. Come on! Oh, he’s got his kakis on and everything. I can’t play! This is not Davis Cup. This is not Davis Cup! Alright coach, no warm up. You ready? Go Carla! Oh! Oh, coach, that’s dirty. That’s dirty. Come on;
give it up for our brand-new coach. By the way, he just had a baby, everybody! Come on;
congratulate him. We’re so glad you’re here. Alright, let’s get the great Michael here
just one more time; come on, Michael. Would you come on out? Michael Chang, would you just come on out
just for a second? Come on out Michael. Michael, come out. Josh Rutledge, come on;
give it up for Josh Rutledge. Michael, he’s been talking trash about you
all morning. He said if I’m going to take one pro, it will
be Michael Chang. That’s what he said. Here we go. John, you’re next. Oh! Alright, I think that’s about it. John McEnroe, come on out one last time. Okay, I’ll play. Alright, here. Alright, tonight is going to be amazing. These guys are dinking. You do not want to miss tonight. Have fun! God bless you guys! Come on;
let’s thank John McEnroe one more time, tennis legend, Michael Chang, Michael Roddick. James Blake will also be joining,
You’re dismissed! We’ll see you tonight!

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