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By John McEnroe

John McEnroe was once simply an eighteen-year-old beginner from Queens while he shocked the tennis international through making it to the Wimbledon semifinals in 1977. He became professional the subsequent yr after successful the NCAA singles name; 3 years later, he used to be ranked no 1 on the planet. McEnroe ruled tennis within the eighties, successful 3 Wimbledon and 4 U.S. Open titles. His 1980 Wimbledon ultimate fit with Bjorn Borg is taken into account via many tennis specialists to be the simplest fit ever.

You can't be Serious is McEnroe at his so much own, a no-holds-barred exam of modern tennis, his championship seasons, his cantankerous on-court habit, his marriage to Tatum O'Neal, his present roles as a faithful father, husband to pop superstar Patty Smyth, senior tennis journey participant, and arguable tv commentator, and lots more and plenty extra.

humorous, biting, just about the bone, this can be precisely the publication you'd expect-and want-from probably the most colourful figures of our time.

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I presumed, “If I develop into a tennis participant, I’m by no means going to do that”—and in truth i used to be continually beautiful sturdy approximately now not getting at the ballboys. i believe that’s pushing the envelope. Or is that simply the dad in me conversing? in spite of the fact that, the fit i actually consider from these early days is one within which i used to be only a spectator: Ilie Nastase opposed to a German named Hans Pohmann. I enjoyed the way in which Nastase played—he used to be a genius with a tennis racket, plus he introduced a tremendous power to a fit: either optimistic and unfavourable strength. to inform the reality, he used to be primarily uncontrolled 34 | John McEnroe that day, yet I enjoyed it. most likely in simple terms 4 humans within the stands have been for him—but i used to be one in every of them. Nastase simply had this caliber of constructing humans like to boo him. It’s even been acknowledged a few times approximately me. so far as i used to be involved, Pohmann used to be just a few cocky German man who used to be faking cramps. He’d run throughout the element, after which cramp among points—unbearable! He used to be particularly milking it. And the group used to be simply consuming it up. Nastase was once incredible, notwithstanding: He even spat at Pohmann as soon as. Then he attempted to shake the umpire’s hand after the fit, and the umpire wouldn’t shake! I enjoyed it! It was once nice to work out all of the men who have been like legends to me. Nastase was once poetry in movement. Ashe’s backhand was once appealing while he enable it pass, yet to be sincere, i assumed the remainder of his online game appeared a piece mechanical. He had a kind of herky-jerky serve and a unusual chip forehand. I hottest Stan Smith’s vintage kind. I loved Guillermo Vilas, the Bull of the Pampas, early on. His glance was once great—the huge, furry chest, the muscular thighs, the flowing hair. there has been anything appealing approximately him: It appeared so cool that he can be either soulful (he wrote poetry; he performed guitar) and powerful. He used to be highly healthy, labored tremendously tough. even supposing I didn’t play like him, i presumed his flooring strokes have been exceptional. i used to be overjoyed to determine Laver in individual, whether he was once within the ultimate act of his profession, and the good Ken Rosewall, one other of Hopman’s boys. It killed me the best way he’d act drained within the warmup, mope round the court docket and seem like the area was once coming to an end—and 4 or 5 hours later he’d nonetheless be going robust (and his hair might nonetheless be completely combed)! humans don’t consider how a lot Rosewall, Mr. Understated, used to throw his racket. I’m now not speaking approximately as soon as or twice—he used to throw it thirty to 40 instances in a fit! It wasn’t with the ferocity that I did it, though—he’d jump it and toss it and kick it, yet in a really, very low-key manner. the 1st yr i used to be at wooded area Hills, I freaked out whilst I observed Pancho YOU can't be critical | 35 Gonzalez smoking after his fit. i assumed, This can’t be! Athletes don’t do this! after which, while I requested him for his autograph, he gave me a glance which, if seems might kill, may have dropped me instant. He ultimately gave me the autograph, yet he wasn’t really great approximately it. And he certainly had a cigarette in his hand. All i may imagine was once, overlook the autograph.

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