John McEnroe's tennis journey first began at the Harry Hopman Tennis Academy in Port Washington, New York.On Wednesday, May 19, John McEnroe will commence a new phase of his career as he will officially open his own junior tennis development facility at SPORTIME at Randall's Island in New York City, The John McEnroe Tennis Academy. For McEnroe, it is a new direction, a new challenge to apply his energies and knowledge of the sport - one that he is clearly looking forward to, even though his previous experiences coaching ATP level players did not work out as well as he might have hoped. McEnroe doesn't mind starting from the beginning. "I'm gonna look actually to get even younger kids (than just-beginning ATP touring pros). That's a whole other animal. The mentality of a coach is to travel, give a guy tips. Any time any player ultimately sort of - I'd like to think there was a camaraderie as an ex-player, and commentator - I'd like to see them maximize their abilities. So if they actually want to ask me something, I'd be more than happy to tell them what my opinion would be. And I've done that."McEnroe says the players he worked with - Sergi Bruguera, Boris Becker and Mark Philippoussis - were not quite as receptive to his input as one would expect: "I don't think a single person's listened to a word I said so far," he says with a smile. "The guys that actually came to work with me a little bit - so I don't know if I didn't have what it takes to sort of get in their heads, when they needed it, however brief it was. I'd like to prefer to put the blame on them if possible."McEnroe, who won seven grand slam singles titles, 77 singles and 78 career ATP doubles titles, is more optimistic that he will be better able to connect with and influence the games of the younger players. "Ultimately I think that younger kids, that maybe have heard of me at least, and sort of can see what I can still do out there - when they're just starting and into their teens - might be a better fit. And then sort of lead them. And then if you actually work with them when they're younger, then maybe they come back a little when they're older."On Wednesday May 19, McEnroe will also announce his plans for a unique â€œopen callâ€ opportunity for young tennis players to try out and earn a scholarship to the Academy starting in September 2010.