If you're a tennis fan, consider yourself lucky.
That's the opinion of former French Open doubles champion and ESPN analyst Luke Jensen, who was at York's Out Door Country Club last week for a series of clinics.
"McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, we thought those players were magnificent," Jensen said. "They don't even come close to these guys today. Three Michael Jordans doing the same thing, we're very lucky."
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won 32 of the last 35 majors.
"That French Open final this year was one for our lifetime," Jensen said. "Never has there been a match with so much on the line for both players. Djokovic trying to become the first player to win four straight slams since 1969, when (Rod) Laver did it, and Nadal was going for his record seventh straight (French) title. And, of course, there was Federer, with his 16 majors,"
Jensen was also impressed with the play of Maria Sharapova in Paris.
"She was awful on clay at one time. A giraffe on ice skates," he said. "She matured, and her game has matured. Only 10 women in history have completed a career grand slam (winning all four majors), and she's one of them."
Jensen said Sharapova has to be in the discussion when talking about favorites for the upcoming Wimbledon tournament.
"She has some momentum, but the question is: how healthy is Serena Williams? If she's healthy, she wins," he said.
Jensen likes Djokovic to take the men's crown.
"The player with the most complete game wins, and that's Djokovic," he said.
Christina McHale and John Isner are Jensen's players to watch on the women's and men's sides.
"Christina is the youngest player in the top 100, and she beat the No. 1 player in the world (Caroline Wozniacki)," he said. "I really like her game. (The 19-year-old McHale is ranked 29th.) Isner (at 6-feet, 9-inches tall) embodies the big man's game. He has a massive forehand, and he's really gaining momentum."
Jensen, who won the 1993 French Open with his brother, Murphy, is the head women's tennis coach at Syracuse University. He recently accepted another position: working for Sea Island, Ga., Resort.
"Most people go south in the winter and north in the summer, but, of course, I have to do it differently," Jensen joked. "My brother is there (Murphy is tennis director), and I just kind of thought it was meant to be (with the two together again)."
Dual Hand Luke (Jensen's nickname because he can serve with either hand) returned to Out Door this year at the invitation of the club's head professional, Jenni Goodling. During her pro career, Goodling played in all four majors. Jensen was also planning stops in Harrisburg and Lancaster during his trip through southcentral Pennsylvania.
"It was a little cooler today than it was here last year," he said following the clinics at Out Door. "It was smoking hot last year. It was fun for me to come back and see familiar faces and see how their games have developed. Hopefully, I gave them one more shot (to try) and gave them another idea."
Jensen's clinics are both instructional and entertaining.
"He a very positive part of tennis, and it was so much fun for everyone who participated in the clinics," Goodling said.
As far as his own game goes, Jensen, who turns 46 on Monday, said the performance side of it is down, but the enjoyment side is up.
"You want to have fun out there. Doubles will always be there waiting for you if your knees go or your back goes," he said.
Dick VanOlinda is a sportswriter for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or at 505-5407.