Prior to Thursday’s last men’s quarterfinal match, the audience in Arthur Ashe Stadium was treated to a comedic exhibition doubles match between John McEnroe and Adam Sandler against Jim Courier and Kevin James. Serving as chair umpire was comedian Colin Quinn.
As expected, points between these two teams were out of control, with Quinn exercising little authority as the chair. “I called a foot fault on McEnroe and everybody ignored me and kept going, I don’t think that’s in the spirit of what we’re doing here,” Quinn said after the match.
The comedians showed off consistent play, trash-talking quips and the occasional entertaining shot, including one when James attempted a shot between the legs – an attempt he completely missed before running head-first into the back wall, drawing laughs from the crowd. On James’ serve, Courier also offered a helping hand by pushing down on the net to give him a better chance.
On match point (the match was first to reach three games) with Sandler and McEnroe ahead 2-1, Courier broke up a long rally by running over to the other side of the net, trading places with McEnroe while James and Sandler kept the point going. Then, Courier switched again while James ran over to team with Sandler.
When McEnroe and Courier won the last point, both teams looked toward Quinn asking which team won the point, which was given to Sandler and McEnroe to end the exhibition and cue the start of the match between Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic.