Both enjoyed precocious success and celebrity: She won an Oscar at
10, he won his first U.S. Open at 20. She was 22 and he was 27, and
they were not only happy but they also had a 10-week-old son, Kevin.
Nothing seemed to be missing from the world of John McEnroe and
Tatum O'Neal except a wedding ring, and last Friday that failing was
corrected when they plighted their troth at St. Dominic's Catholic
Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The windows of the Gothic church
were shrouded by blue drapes when O'Neal's limousine, accompanied by
two police cruisers, pulled up at 5 p.m. and disappeared behind a
large curtain stretched across the driveway. A 25-man security force
kept 300 onlookers, including dozens of reporters and photographers,
at bay. As McEnroe's limo pulled up, a neighbor who was miffed at
all the secrecy yelled, ''Show your face -- this is your hometown!''
John's brother Patrick gave away the bride because Tatum's father,
actor Ryan O'Neal -- who in the past has displayed a temper to rival
his new son-in- law's -- was a no-show. McEnroe's former Stanford
teammate Peter Rennert was the best man, and the list of 50 guests
was sprinkled with the names of tennis pros and rock stars. ''It was
a beautiful ceremony,'' said tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis. ''He
was ready. He got all the words right.''
After the 25-minute ceremony the newlyweds appeared for three
minutes of kissing and hand waving on the steps of St. Dom's. Then
it was back to work for McEnroe, who planned to play his first
tournament in six months this week in Stratton Mountain, Vt.
ANTONIO SUAREZ Mr. and Mrs. Mac greet their public at St. Dom's.