John McEnroe
American tennis player
John McEnroe
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.
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Tennis - Americans sweep Swiss to face Aussie Davis Cup QF
Yahoo News - 16 days
- Doubles victory by Jack Sock and Steve Johnson of the US completed a first-round Davis Cup sweep of Switzerland. Sock and Johnson defeated Swiss Henri Laaksonen and Adrien Bossel 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) after the hosts swept both Friday singles matches at Birmingham, Alabama. The Americans improved to 4-1 against the Swiss in Davis Cup play, including a 1992 final triumph by 3-1 for a US squad that included Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jim Courier. The lone Swiss win came in 2001 thanks to Roger Federer's two singles triumphs and contributions in a doubles win. ...
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What happened to the NBA's great rivalries?
CNN - 21 days
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier -- sporting history is built on fierce rivalries.
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Advantage Roger Federer in the chase for the GOAT title - ESPN
Google News - 23 days
Herald Sun Advantage Roger Federer in the chase for the GOAT title ESPN Patrick McEnroe and John McEnroe explain how Roger Federer was able to win the 2017 Australian Open. John adds that Federer's win makes him the greatest player of all time. (1:51). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. Roger Federer fights off Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open titleUSA TODAY Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal for His 5th Australian Open TitleNew York Times Why Federer-Nadal was just what we neededSports Illustrated CNN -Tennis Magazine -ATP World Tour -Wall Street Journal all 3,411 news articles »
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Brentwood home where tennis champions trained seeks $5.48 million
LATimes - 4 months
Volley for sale? A Brentwood home where tennis great John McEnroe once trained is in play for $5.482 million. The roughly half-acre estate features a lighted and hedged tennis court that McEnroe used while training for one of his comebacks in the 1980s. Matches pitting the former World No. 1 player...
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Brentwood home where tennis champions trained seeks $5.48 million
LATimes - 4 months
Volley for sale? A Brentwood home where tennis great John McEnroe once trained is in play for $5.482 million. The roughly half-acre estate features a lighted and hedged tennis court that McEnroe used while training for one of his comebacks in the 1980s. Matches pitting the former World No. 1 player...
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New film explores fiery rivalry of tennis greats Borg, McEnroe
Reuters.com - 5 months
(Reuters) - The heated rivalry between Swede Bjorn Borg and American John McEnroe is the centerpiece of a new film on the famous battles between the tennis greats both on and off the court.
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The Latest: Monfils 'sad' over McEnroe's criticism
Fox News - 5 months
The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local): 7:15 Gael Monfils says he was just trying to change up his strategy against Novak Djokovic, and he's sorry John McEnroe thinks that's "unprofessional." McEnroe, a commentator for ESPN, accused Monfils of not giving his full effort after falling behind 5-0 in the four-set, semifinal loss to the top-seeded Djokovic on Friday, at one calling him "unprofessional" in "one of the greatest lack-of-effort matches in the semifinal of a major that I've ever seen." Told about McEnroe's comments in his post-match interview, Monfils says he's "very sad to learn that such a legend (would) criticize me, because at the end what I can say to John is, 'You know, John, I want to be the best.
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Tennis-Raonic confident he has learned from Wimbledon final defeat
Yahoo News - 6 months
By Simon Cambers New York, Aug 29 (Reuters) - John McEnroe may not be on hand to offer advice this fortnight but Milos Raonic believes he is ready to go one better than Wimbledon and claim his first grand slam title. The Canadian, beaten by Andy Murray in what was his first grand slam final last month, confirmed on Monday that he would not be working with McEnroe for the duration of the U.S. Open because of the American's television commitments. "It was great to put myself in that situation, to have a chance to be one match away from winning a grand slam," said Raonic, who now plays American Ryan Harrison.
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McEnroe ends coaching partnership with Raonic
Reuters.com - 6 months
(Reuters) - Seven-times major winner John McEnroe has ended his coaching role with Canada's Milos Raonic ahead of the year's final grand slam, the U.S. Open.
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McEnroe calls halt to coaching Raonic
Yahoo News - 6 months
US tennis legend John McEnroe called a halt to his coaching work with Milos Raonic, claiming "it will make life easier" despite helping the Canadian to the Wimbledon final last month. McEnroe made his announcement just two days out from the start of the US Open, the season's final Grand Slam event where world number six Raonic is ranked as a potential title winner. Raonic, defeated by Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, only started working with McEnroe for the grass court season but the two men then decided to extend their agreement.
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U.S. Open Special: The Electric, Infuriating Nick Kyrgios
New York Times - 6 months
He might be the most entertaining tennis player since John McEnroe. Too bad he’d rather be playing basketball.
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That Place Is Gonna Rock And Roll
ABC News - 6 months
var specialURLinexplicable = ''; if (window.location.hash != '') { specialURLinexplicable = window.location.hash; window.location.hash = ''; } T ime doesn't wait. It didn't wait for Bjorn Borg, who first quit tennis at 26, nor did it for John McEnroe, who never won a Grand Slam after age 25. In 1990, a year before his remarkable US Open run, it did not wait for Jimmy Connors, the Open era leader with 109 singles titles. It was the ideal opportunity, at 38, to walk off the stage. By that time, Connors, with all of his crassness, confrontation and class insecurities, had been replaced by a new generation of younger players. Andre Agassi, brash but not mean-spirited, and confident, driven players such as Pete Sampras and Jim Courier were the future of the new game. The Connors era, both in attitude and in the decline of the man himself, was seemingly over. The magic Connors would produce a year...
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McEnroe: Why Raonic can win
CNN - 8 months
He may not have coached for over 20 years, but tennis great John McEnroe has seen enough of big-serving world No.7 Milos Raonic to believe the 25-year-old American is capable of winning Wimbledon.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John McEnroe
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 57
    McEnroe was part of Milos Raonic's coaching team from May to August 2016.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe returned to the ATP Tour in 2006 to play two doubles tournaments. In his first tournament, he teamed with Jonas Björkman to win the title at the SAP Open in San Jose. This was McEnroe's 78th doubles title (No. 5 in history) and his first title since capturing the Paris Indoor doubles title in November 1992 with his brother Patrick. The win meant that McEnroe had won doubles titles in four different decades.
  • 2014
    Age 55
    McEnroe and his brother Patrick also won again at the 2014 French Open in the over-45 legends doubles competition.
    More Details Hide Details They beat Andres Gomez and Mark Woodforde 4–6, 7–5, 1–0 (10–7) McEnroe's fiery temper led to him being parodied in pop culture.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    In his second tournament, McEnroe and Björkman lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Stockholm. McEnroe also won at the French Open in 2012 for the over-45 legends doubles competition.
    More Details Hide Details He was partnered with his brother Patrick. They beat Guy Forget and Henri Leconte 7–6, 6–3.
    In 2012, McEnroe, commentating for ESPN, heavily criticized Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic for "tanking" against Andy Roddick at the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details However, Tomic was cleared of any wrongdoing, saying that he was "simply overwhelmed by the occasion" (this was the first time that he had ever played at Arthur Ashe Stadium).
  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, he founded the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall's Island in New York City.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 50
    In 2009, McEnroe appeared on 30 Rock again, in the episode Gavin Volure, where the title character, a mysterious, reclusive businessman (played by Steve Martin) invites him to dinner because he bridges the worlds of "art collecting and yelling."
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  • 2007
    Age 48
    In 2007, McEnroe appeared on the NBC comedy 30 Rock as the host of a game show called "Gold Case" in which he uttered his famous line "You cannot be serious!" when a taping went awry.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe also appeared on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • 2004
    Age 45
    In 2004, McEnroe said that during much of his career he had unwittingly taken steroids.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he had been administered these drugs without his knowledge, stating: "For six years I was unaware I was being given a form of steroid of the legal kind they used to give horses until they decided it was too strong even for horses." McEnroe is active in philanthropy and tennis development. For years he has co-chaired the CityParks Tennis charity benefit, an annual fundraiser produced by the City Parks Foundation. The charitable event raises crucial funds for New York City's largest municipal youth tennis programs. He collects American contemporary art, and opened a gallery in Manhattan in 1993. McEnroe still plays regularly on the ATP Champions Tour. His most recent victory came at the Jean-Luc Lagardere Trophy in Paris in 2010, where he defeated Guy Forget in the final. Playing on the Champions Tour allows him to continue his most iconic rivalries with old adversaries Ivan Lendl and Björn Borg.
    In July 2004, McEnroe began a CNBC talk show titled McEnroe.
    More Details Hide Details The show, however, was unsuccessful, twice earning a. Nielsen rating, and was cancelled within five months. In 2002, he hosted the American game show The Chair on ABC as well as the British version on BBC One, but this venture also was unsuccessful.
    McEnroe played himself in the 2004 movie Wimbledon.
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  • 2002
    Age 43
    In 2002, McEnroe played himself in Mr. Deeds and again in 2008 in You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
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  • 2000
    Age 41
    McEnroe resigned in November 2000 after 14 months as captain, citing frustration with the Davis Cup schedule and format as two of his primary reasons.
    More Details Hide Details His brother Patrick took over the job.
    His team barely escaped defeat in their first two outings in 2000, beating Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic in tight 3–2 encounters.
    More Details Hide Details They were then defeated 5–0 by Spain in the semifinals.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 40
    McEnroe became the U.S. Davis Cup captain in September 1999.
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    McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He now works as a sports commentator in tennis and has regularly appeared in US national telecasts of Grand Slam tennis matches on such networks as CBS, NBC, USA, and ESPN, as has his brother Patrick. He also commentates on Wimbledon for the BBC in the UK.
  • 1998
    Age 39
    After their divorce, they were originally awarded joint custody of the children, but in 1998 McEnroe was awarded sole custody due to O'Neal's drug problems.
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  • 1997
    Age 38
    The band toured for two years, but McEnroe suddenly quit in 1997 just before finishing his first album.
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    He married rock star Patty Smyth in April 1997, with whom he has two daughters, Anna and Ava, and one stepdaughter, Ruby from Smyth's previous marriage to musician Richard Hell.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe met Smyth while pursuing his post-tour goal of becoming a working musician. He had learned to play guitar with the help of friends like Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton. During his divorce, McEnroe formed The Johnny Smyth Band with himself as lead singer and guitarist, began writing songs, and played small gigs in cities where he played with the senior tour. Although Lars Ulrich complimented his "natural instinct for music", a bar owner where McEnroe's band played said that "he couldn't sing to save his life."
    After the divorce, McEnroe married rock musician Patty Smyth in 1997, with whom he has two daughters, Anna and Ava, and a stepdaughter, Ruby.
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  • 1992
    Age 33
    McEnroe separated from O'Neal in 1992, and divorced in 1994.
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    McEnroe retired from the professional tour at the end of 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He ended his singles career ranked 20th in the world.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the fourth round, McEnroe needed 4 hours 42 minutes to defeat ninth ranked Emilio Sánchez 8–6 in the fifth set. He lost to Wayne Ferreira in the quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, McEnroe reached the semifinals where he lost in straight sets to the eventual champion Andre Agassi. McEnroe teamed with Michael Stich to win his fifth Wimbledon men's doubles title in a record-length 5 hour 1 minute final, which the pair won 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 19–17. At the end of the year, he teamed with Sampras to win the doubles rubber in the Davis Cup final, where the U.S. defeated Switzerland 3–1.
  • 1991
    Age 32
    In 1991, McEnroe won the last edition of the Volvo Tennis-Chicago tournament by defeating his brother Patrick in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He won both of his singles rubbers in the quarterfinal Davis Cup tie with Spain. And he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon (losing to Edberg) and the third round at the US Open (losing to Chang in a five-set night match). His end-of-year singles ranking was 28th in the world.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    The last time McEnroe was ranked in the world top ten was on October 22, 1990, when he was ranked 9th.
    More Details Hide Details His end-of-year singles ranking was 13th.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was warned by the umpire for intimidating a lineswoman, and then docked a point for smashing a racket. McEnroe was apparently unaware that a new Code of Conduct, which had been introduced just before the tournament, meant that a third code violation would not lead to the deduction of a game but instead would result in immediate disqualification; therefore, when McEnroe unleashed a volley of abuse at umpire Gerry Armstrong, he was defaulted. He was fined $6,500 for the incidents. Later that year, McEnroe reached the semifinals of the US Open, losing to the eventual champion, Pete Sampras in four sets. He also won the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, defeating Goran Ivanišević in a five-set final.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At Wimbledon, he defeated Mats Wilander in a four-set quarterfinal before losing to Stefan Edberg in a semifinal. He won the RCA Championships in Indianapolis and reached the final of the Canadian Open, where he lost to Lendl. He also won both of his singles rubbers in the quarterfinal Davis Cup tie with Sweden.
  • 1988
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rumors of drug abuse had begun during his second sabbatical. McEnroe denied them at the time, but acknowledged that he had used cocaine during his career in a 2000 interview that implied that the use occurred during this period, although he denied that the drug affected his play.
  • 1986
    Age 27
    McEnroe was married to Tatum O'Neal, Academy Award-winning actress and daughter of Ryan O'Neal, from 1986 to 1994 and the two had three children, Kevin, Sean and Emily.
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    McEnroe struggled to regain his form after his 1986 sabbatical.
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    When he returned to the tour later in 1986, he won three ATP tournaments, but in 1987 he failed to win a title for the first time since turning pro.
    More Details Hide Details He took a seven-month break from the game following the US Open, where he was suspended for two months and fined US$17,500 for misconduct and verbal abuse. A left hander, McEnroe played a Continental forehand. His backhand was similarly Continental and one-handed. His service motion is unique in tennis, with its biggest advantage being disguise in terms of placement. Known for very quick reflexes and deft hands, he possesses a superior net game. McEnroe became the top-ranked singles player in the world on March 3, 1980. He was the top ranked player on 14 separate occasions between 1980 and 1985 and finished the year ranked World No. 1 four straight years from 1981 through 1984. He spent a total of 170 weeks at the top of the rankings. It has been written about McEnroe that he may have been "the greatest doubles player of all time" and "possibly the greatest team player never to have played a team sport." He was ranked the World No. 1 in doubles for 270 weeks. He formed a powerful partnership with Peter Fleming, with whom he won 57 men's doubles titles, including four at Wimbledon and three at the US Open. (Fleming was always very modest about his own contribution to the partnership – he once said "the best doubles partnership in the world is McEnroe and anybody.") McEnroe won a fourth US Open men's doubles title in 1989 with Mark Woodforde, and a fifth Wimbledon men's doubles title in 1992 with Michael Stich.
    It was during this sabbatical that on August 1, 1986, he married actress Tatum O'Neal, with whom he had already had a son, Kevin (1986).
    More Details Hide Details They had two more children, Sean (1987) and Emily (1991), before divorcing in 1994.
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 26
    In 1985, McEnroe reached his last Grand Slam singles final at the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details This time, he was beaten in straight sets by Lendl.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    McEnroe's 1984 season did not end without controversy.
    More Details Hide Details While playing and winning the tournament in Stockholm, McEnroe had an on-court outburst that became notorious in sports highlight reels. After questioning a call made by the chair umpire, McEnroe demanded, "Answer my question! The question, jerk!" McEnroe then slammed his racquet into a juice cart beside the court. He was suspended for 21 days for exceeding a $7,500 limit on fines that had been created because of his behavior.
    The only male who has come close to matching McEnroe's 1984 win-loss record since then was Roger Federer in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Federer was 81–3 before losing his last match of the year to David Nalbandian in five sets.
    1984 was McEnroe's best year on the tennis tour, as he compiled an 82–3 record and won a career-high 13 singles tournaments, including Wimbledon and the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe achieved a higher win rate (96.5%) than Jimmy Connors' 1974 season (96.1%), with Connors winning 99 of 103 matches along with 15 singles tournaments. McEnroe also was on the winning US World Team Cup and runner-up Davis Cup teams.
    McEnroe won his fourth US Open title in 1984 by defeating Lendl in straight sets in the final, after defeating Connors in a five-set semifinal.
    More Details Hide Details He won his fourth WCT Final, defeating Connors in five sets, and took his third Masters Grand Prix, beating Ivan Lendl in straight sets.
    In the 1984 Wimbledon final, McEnroe played a virtually flawless match to defeat Connors in just 80 minutes, 6–1, 6–1, 6–2.
    More Details Hide Details That was McEnroe's third and final Wimbledon singles title. Again McEnroe had won Wimbledon while dropping just one set throughout the entire tournament, this time to Paul McNamee.
    At the 1984 French Open, McEnroe lost a close final match to Ivan Lendl.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe was on the verge of beating Lendl after winning the first two sets, but Lendl's decision to use more topspin lobs and cross-court backhand passing shots, as well as fatigue and temperamental outbursts, got the better of McEnroe, allowing Lendl to win a dramatic five-setter. The loss ended a 42-match winning streak since the start of the season and was the closest McEnroe ever came to winning the French Open. In his autobiography, McEnroe described this loss as his bitterest defeat and conveyed the impression that this was a shadow on his career that could never be chased off.
  • 1983
    Age 24
    In 1983, McEnroe reached his fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, dropping only one set throughout the tournament (to Florin Segărceanu) and sweeping aside the unheralded New Zealander Chris Lewis in straight-sets.
    More Details Hide Details He also played at the Australian Open for the first time, making it to the semifinals, before being defeated in four sets by Mats Wilander. He made the WCT Final for the third time and beat Ivan Lendl in an epic five setter. He took the Masters Grand Prix title for the second time, again beating Lendl in straight sets.
  • 1982
    Age 23
    McEnroe lost to Jimmy Connors in the 1982 Wimbledon final.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe lost only one set (to Johan Kriek) going into the final; however, Connors won the fourth-set tiebreak and the fifth set.
  • 1981
    Age 22
    Borg and McEnroe had their final confrontation in the final of the 1981 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe won in four sets, becoming the first male player since the 1920s to win three consecutive US Open singles titles. Borg never played another Grand Slam event. McEnroe also won his second WCT Final, beating Johan Kriek in straight sets.
    McEnroe remained controversial when he returned to Wimbledon in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Following his first-round match against Tom Gullikson, McEnroe was fined U.S. $1,500 and came close to being thrown out after he called umpire Ted James "the pits of the world" and then swore at tournament referee Fred Hoyles. He also made famous the phrase "you cannot be serious", which years later became the title of McEnroe's autobiography, by shouting it after several umpires' calls during his matches. This behavior was in sharp contrast to that of Borg, who was painted by the press as an unflappable "Ice Man." Nevertheless, in matches played between the two, McEnroe never lost his temper. However, despite the controversy and merciless criticism from the British press (Ian Barnes of the Daily Express nicknamed him "SuperBrat"), McEnroe again made the Wimbledon men's singles final against Borg. This time, McEnroe prevailed in four sets to end the Swede's run of 41 consecutive match victories at the All England Club. TV commentator Bud Collins quipped after the Independence Day battle, paraphrasing "Yankee Doodle", "Stick a feather in his cap and call it 'McEnroe-ni'!".
    In 1981, 1983 and 1984 he was both the ATP player of the year and the ITF World Champion for Men's singles.
    More Details Hide Details His match record of 82–3 in 1984 remains the best single season win rate of the Open Era. McEnroe is a former Captain of the United States Davis Cup team and as a player was part of five Cup-winning teams. He continues to play tennis and competes in senior events on the ATP Champions Tour. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Philippe Chatrier Award in 2007. After his tennis career he became a television commentator, a game show host and a chat show host. Additionally, he has appeared in several films and television shows as himself and has played music live. He has been married since 1997 to musician and former Scandal lead singer Patty Smyth; they have six children between them (two together). McEnroe was born in Wiesbaden, Hesse, West Germany, to American parents, John Patrick McEnroe Sr. and his wife Kay, née Tresham. His father, who is of Irish descent, was at the time stationed with the United States Air Force.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    This match was called the best Wimbledon final by ESPN's countdown show "Who's Number One?" McEnroe exacted revenge two months later, beating Borg in the five-set final of the 1980 US Open.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the start of the final, McEnroe was booed by the crowd as he entered Centre Court following heated exchanges with officials during his semifinal victory over Jimmy Connors. In a fourth-set tiebreaker that lasted 20 minutes, McEnroe saved five match points and eventually won 18–16. McEnroe, however, could not break Borg's serve in the fifth set, which the Swede won 8–6.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe won his first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open. He defeated his friend Vitas Gerulaitis in straight sets in the final to become the youngest male winner of the singles title at the US Open since Pancho Gonzales, who was also 20 in 1948. He also won the prestigious season-ending WCT Finals, beating Björn Borg in four sets. McEnroe won 10 singles and 17 doubles titles that year (for a total of 27 titles, which marked an open-era record).
  • 1978
    Age 19
    Later in 1978, he joined the ATP tour and signed his first professional endorsement deal, with Sergio Tacchini.
    More Details Hide Details He again advanced to the semifinals at a Grand Slam, this time the US Open, losing again to Connors. Following which, he proceeded to win five titles that year, including his first Masters Grand Prix, beating Arthur Ashe in straight sets.
  • 1977
    Age 18
    After Wimbledon in 1977, McEnroe entered Stanford University and won the National Collegiate Athletic Association singles and team titles in 1978.
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    As an 18-year-old amateur in 1977, McEnroe won the mixed doubles at the French Open with Mary Carillo, and then made it through the qualifying tournament and into the main draw at Wimbledon, where he lost in the semifinals to Jimmy Connors in four sets.
    More Details Hide Details It was the best performance by a qualifier at a Grand Slam tournament and a record performance by an amateur in the open era.
    McEnroe attended Trinity School and graduated in 1977.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 1
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has two younger brothers: Mark (born 1964) and former professional tennis player Patrick (born 1966). McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens, New York City. He started playing tennis when he was eight, at the nearby Douglaston Club with his brothers. When he was nine, his parents enrolled him in the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, and he soon started playing regional tournaments. He then began competing in national juniors tournaments, and at twelve—when he was ranked seven in his age group—he joined the Port Washington Tennis Academy, Long Island, New York.
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born on February 16, 1959.
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