"There is hope for America now!": McEnroe full of praise for Shelton and Paul after Australian Open run

John McEnroe was delighted to see fellow Americans put on a show in Australia declaring that there is hope for American tennis with the likes of Shelton and Paul.

American tennis had a rough decade but they are slowly bouncing back with some new talents emerging. The likes of Fritz, Tiafoe and Paul are the older players among the new ones emerging with the likes of Shelton and Brooksby leading the younger generation. Either way, it's clear that American tennis is on the rise on both the ATP and WTA circuits and it makes McEnroe happy:

"There is hope for America now, God bless America. We've got players now, we're headed places now. Finally gonna win one."

Turning his attention to Shelton, McEnroe praised the youngster:

"He's a lefty so that's great. He reminds me actually of Roddick when he was 20. He has that attitude and just loves being out there on the court. His serve is unbelievable and I didn't see this coming. Saw him a bit at the US Open but he's come a long way. I think he's going to be in the top 5 in a couple of years."

He also hailed the succcess of these players are incredibly important for American tennis in general.

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