The McCann Time Capsule: We Battled on the Courts at the U.S. Open
When ad agency tennis fans attend the U.S. Open this time of year, it’s usually to take a comfortable seat in the stands. But there was a time when there was at least one McCann New York exec battling it out more athletically on the courts.
Donald McNeill, who began his 30-year advertising career with McCann after WWII, was busy in the mid-to-late 1940s simultaneously toiling away in the agency’s New York-based Foreign Department and on the courts in Forest Hills, Queens. McNeill, who was ranked the No. 1 U.S. tennis player in 1940 after he had defeated Bobby Riggs in an upset, was continuing to rack up wins while at McCann as New York State’s No. 1 champion both in 1946 and 1947.
And no complaints about the summer heat, please. The temperature outside was 100 degrees when McNeill and his partner won the New York State Clay Court Doubles in 1949.