|John McEnroe suffers an injury during a match against Michael Chang at the Rogers Legends Cup in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 13, 2011. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - This isn't what we meant when we said they're dropping like flies.
But in the 2011 Rogers Cup, the tournament from hell where most of the top seeds fell early and often, maybe it shouldn't be surprising that one of the game's former greats would become a casualty, too.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe was forced to withdraw from the Rogers Legends Cup with an injury after crumpling to the court during his match with Michael Chang on centre court.
McEnroe went down like he'd been shot, his face contorted in pain, and the hamstring injury initially looked serious.
But the 52-year-old with a larger-than-life personality who was known as much for his on-court outburst as his talent during his heyday, wasn't banged up too much. At least not enough to miss a promotional appearance with the other Legends Cup participants -- Jim Courier and Andre Agassi round out the quartet -- later in the day.
McEnroe was able to walk off the stage under his own power, with barely the trace of a limp, and even joked about the injury with the throng of fans.
"I couldn't even make it through one day without getting hurt," he quipped.
McEnroe was trailing the much younger Chang 5-4 in the second set -- he lost the first 6-3 -- when he stretched for a shot then collapsed in obvious pain. He stayed down for 10 minutes as he was tended by a pair of medics, then hobbled off, with help, to have the injury looked at.
"I am disappointed," McEnroe said in a press release announcing his withdrawal from the Rogers Legends Cup, a first-time event. "I have a good history in Toronto and I was very much looking forward to playing Andre."
Courier will take McEnroe's place for the final match in the mini-tournament, which brings together four of the game's best players. The four-time Grand Slam champ will face Agassi Sunday morning before the Rogers Cup singles final.