John McEnroe

Tennis Player
Born Feb 16, 1959

John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. During his career, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open), nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on February 16, 1959.
1960 1 Year Old In 1960, the family moved to the New York City area, where McEnroe's father worked daytime as an advertising agent while attending Fordham Law School by night. … Read More


McEnroe attended Trinity School and graduated in 1977.
1978 19 Years Old Later in 1978, he joined the ATP tour and signed his first professional endorsement deal, with Sergio Tacchini. … Read More


1979 20 Years Old In 1979, McEnroe (with partner Peter Fleming) won the Wimbledon Doubles title, the duo later adding the 1979 US Open Doubles title to their haul as well. … Read More
1980 21 Years Old 1 More Event
At Wimbledon, McEnroe reached the 1980 Wimbledon Men's Singles final—his first final at Wimbledon—where he faced Björn Borg, who was gunning for his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. … Read More
…  In 1981, 1983 and 1984 he was both the ATP player of the year and the ITF World Champion for Men's singles. … Read More
1982 - 1983 2 More Events
At the 1984 French Open, McEnroe lost a close final match to Ivan Lendl. … Read More
1985 26 Years Old In 1985, McEnroe reached his last Grand Slam singles final at the US Open. … Read More
By 1986, the pressures of playing at the top had become too much for McEnroe to handle, and he took a six-month break from the tour.
1987 28 Years Old He lost three times in Grand Slam tournaments to Ivan Lendl, losing straight-set quarterfinals at both the 1987 US Open and the 1989 Australian Open and a long four-set match, played over two days, in the fourth round of the 1988 French Open. … Read More
1988 29 Years Old Nevertheless, McEnroe had multiple notable victories in the final years of his career. In the 1988 French Open, McEnroe beat 16-year-old Michael Chang 6–0, 6–3, 6–1 in the third round; Chang went on to win the title the next year.


1989 30 Years Old In 1989, McEnroe won a record fifth title at the World Championship Tennis Finals (the championship tournament of the WCT tour, which was being staged for the last time), defeating top-ranked Lendl in the semifinals. … Read More
1990 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Controversy was never far from McEnroe, however; in his fourth round match against Mikael Pernfors at the 1990 Australian Open, McEnroe was ejected from the tournament for swearing at the umpire, supervisor, and referee. … Read More
1991 32 Years Old In 1991, McEnroe won the last edition of the Volvo Tennis-Chicago tournament by defeating his brother Patrick in the final. … Read More
In 1992, McEnroe defeated third-ranked and defending champion Boris Becker in the third round of the Australian Open 6–4, 6–3, 7–5 before a sell-out crowd. … Read More
After the divorce, McEnroe married rock musician Patty Smyth in 1997, with whom he has two daughters, Anna and Ava, and a stepdaughter, Ruby.


1999 40 Years Old 1 More Event
McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. … Read More
2000 41 Years Old 1 More Event
His team barely escaped defeat in their first two outings in 2000, beating Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic in tight 3–2 encounters. … Read More
2002 43 Years Old In 2002, McEnroe played himself in Mr. Deeds and again in 2008 in You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
McEnroe played himself in the 2004 movie Wimbledon.


2009 - 2010 2 More Events
2012 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, McEnroe, commentating for ESPN, heavily criticized Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic for "tanking" against Andy Roddick at the US Open. … Read More
2014 55 Years Old McEnroe and his brother Patrick also won again at the 2014 French Open in the over-45 legends doubles competition. … Read More
2016 57 Years Old McEnroe was part of Milos Raonic's coaching team from May to August 2016. … Read More
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