- John McEnroe
Infobox Tennis player
playername = John McEnroe
country = flag|United States
New York City, NY
datebirth = birth date and age|mf=yes|1959|2|16
Wiesbaden, West Germany(United States Military Base)
height = 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
weight = 165 lb (75 kg)
turnedpro = 1978, international debut in 1976
retired = 1992
plays = Left-handed; one-handed backhand
careerprizemoney = US$12,547,797
singlesrecord = 875–198 (81.55%)
singlestitles = 97 including 77 listed by the ATP
highestsinglesranking = No. 1 (March 3, 1980)
AustralianOpenresult = SF (1983)
FrenchOpenresult = F (1984)
Wimbledonresult = W (1981, '83, '84)
USOpenresult = W (1979, '80, '81, '84)
Othertournaments = Yes
MastersCupresult = W (1978, 1983, 1984)
doublesrecord = 530–103 (83.73%)
doublestitles = 70
highestdoublesranking = No. 1 (January 3, 1983)
AustralianOpenDoublesresult =SF (1989)
FrenchOpenDoublesresult =QF (1992)
WimbledonDoublesresult =W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992)
USOpenDoublesresult =W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1989)
updated = July 6, 2006
John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. (born February 16, 1959) is an American former World No. 1 professional
tennisplayer. McEnroe 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. He is remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying; for his famous rivalries with Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Ivan Lendl; for his confrontational on-court behavior, which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities; and for the catchphrase "You cannot be serious!" directed toward an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Famein 1999.
After a 12-year absence from the professional tour, McEnroe returned to top-level doubles competition in 2006 and became the oldest male player to win a top-level title in 30 years at San Jose. [cite web
title=McEnroe hasn't lost his touch or tongue
A consistent serve and volleyer, McEnroe's game included hard, flat serves down the line or swinging slice serves (whose intended direction was obscured by an unorthodox stance) out wide combined with angled, deft
volleys, shot-making artistry, and a fast, attacking style of play. His sharp reflexes enabled him to return the biggest serves and passing shots masterfully, and the variety, delicacy, and quickness of his play delighted crowds and allowed him to defeat opponents who were physically much larger. But McEnroe also quickly became known for his competitive fire and volatile temper. Verbal outbursts seemed to be a key way in which he motivated himself to battle through tough situations during matches, yet which frequently got him into trouble.
McEnroe was born in the U.S
military baseat Wiesbaden, West Germany, the son of Katy and John Patrick McEnroe, Sr., an attorney [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/9/John-McEnroe.html John McEnroe Biography (1959-)] ] who at the time was stationed with the United States Air Force. He is of Irish descent. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast_with_frost/2061128.stm BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Interview with John McEnroe, former tennis champion] ] When he was less than a year old, his family moved to New York City. He grew up in Douglaston, Queens and learned tennis at the nearby Port Washington Tennis Academy, in Port Washington, on Long Island, NY.
McEnroe took the tennis world by storm as an 18-year-old in 1977, when he made it through the qualifying tournament into the main draw at Wimbledon, where he lost in four sets to
Jimmy Connorsin the semifinals. It was the best performance by a qualifier at a Grand Slam tournament and a record performance for an amateur in the open era. Shortly after, McEnroe entered Stanford Universityand won the NCAA singles and team titles in 1978. After that, he joined the professional tour.
McEnroe signed one of the first professional endorsement deals in tennis with
Sergio Tacchiniin 1978. He won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1979 US Open. He defeated his good friend Vitas Gerulaitisin straight sets in the final to become the youngest winner of the championships since Pancho Gonzales, who was also 20, in 1948. ( Pete Sampraseventually became the youngest US Open Champion at 19 years old.) McEnroe won 10 singles and 17 doubles titles that year (for a total of 27 titles, which marked an open era record).
Battles with Björn Borg (1980-81)
In 1980, McEnroe reached the men's singles final at Wimbledon for the first time, where he faced
Björn Borg, who was gunning for his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. 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, often simply called "that tie-breaker," 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. This match was called the best Wimbledon final by ESPN's countdown show "Who's Number One?" and "one of the three or four greatest sporting events in history" by ESPN personality Mike Greenberg.
McEnroe exacted revenge two months later, beating Borg in the five-set final of the
1980 US Open.
Controversy dogged McEnroe when he returned to Wimbledon in 1981. Following his second-round match against
Tom Gullikson, McEnroe was fined U.S. $1,500 and came close to being thrown out of the championships 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 would become 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 tabloid press as an unflappable "ice man." Nevertheless, in matches played between the two, McEnroe never lost his temper.
But despite the controversy and merciless criticism from the British press (who nicknamed him "SuperBrat"), McEnroe again made the Wimbledon men's singles final against Borg. And 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 Collinsquipped after the July 4 battle, paraphrasing " Yankee Doodle", "Stick a feather in his cap and call it 'McEnroe-ni'!". [ [http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/McEnroe_John.html ESPN Classic - McEnroe was McNasty on and off the court] ]
The controversy, however, did not end there. In response to McEnroe's on-court outbursts during the championships, the All England Club did not accord McEnroe honorary club membership, an honor normally given to singles champions after their first victory. McEnroe responded by not attending the traditional champions dinner that evening. He told the press: "I wanted to spend (the evening) with my family and friends and the people who had supported me, not a bunch of stiffs who are 70-80 years old, telling you that you're acting like a jerk." The honor was eventually accorded to McEnroe after he won the championship again.
Borg and McEnroe had their final confrontation in the final of the
1981 US Open. 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.
Continued success (1982-85)
McEnroe lost to
Jimmy Connorsin the 1982 Wimbledon final. McEnroe had not lost a set going into the final; however, Connors won the fourth set tiebreak and the fifth set to win the championship.
In 1983, McEnroe reached his fourth consecutive Wimbledon final and swept aside the unheralded New Zealander Chris Lewis in straight-sets. He also played at the
Australian Openfor the first time, making it to the semifinals before being defeated in four sets by Mats Wilander.
At the 1984
French Open, McEnroe lost a close final match to Ivan Lendl. 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 39-match winning streak and was the closest McEnroe ever came to winning the French Open.
In the 1984 Wimbledon final, McEnroe played a virtually flawless match to defeat Connors in just 80 minutes, 6–1, 6–1, 6–2. That was McEnroe's third and final Wimbledon singles title.
McEnroe won his fourth US Open title in 1984 by defeating Lendl in straight sets in the final.
1984 was arguably 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. He also was on the U.S.' winning
World Team Cupand runner-up Davis Cupteams. The only male who has come close to matching McEnroe's 1984 win-loss record since then was Roger Federerin 2005. Federer was 81-3 before losing his last match of the year to David Nalbandian.
McEnroe's 1984 season did not end without controversy. 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, jerk!" McEnroe then slammed his racquet into a juice cart beside the court.
In 1985, McEnroe reached his last Grand Slam singles final at the US Open. This time, he was beaten in straight sets by Lendl.The word "Filthy" was actually first used as a positive to describe the incredible nature of McEnroe's one-handed backhand.
Relationship with Nike
Phil Knightdiscovered McEnroe in 1978 and tapped him for the "Rebel With a Cause" ad campaign. [cite web
title=Nike upgrades McEnroe's prize tennis shoes
Taking time out
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. It was during this sabbatical that he married the actress
Tatum O'Nealon August 1, 1986. They would eventually have 3 children: Kevin (born May 23, 1986), Sean (born September 23, 1987), and Emily (born May 10, 1991), and divorce in 1994. When he returned to the tour later in 1986, he won three titles. But McEnroe never seemed to be able to recapture his very best form again. In 1987, McEnroe failed to win a title for the first time since turning pro. 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.
Association of Tennis Professionals World No. 1 ranking
According to the ranking system maintained by the
Association of Tennis Professionals, McEnroe first became the top ranked singles player in March 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.
uccess in doubles
McEnroe was also ranked the World No. 1 in doubles for a record 257 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 John McEnroe and anybody else.") 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. He also won the 1977 French Open mixed doubles title with childhood pal Mary Carillo.
Representing his country
More than any other player in his era, McEnroe was responsible for reviving U.S. interest in the
Davis Cup, which had been shunned by Jimmy Connorsand other leading U.S. players. In 1978, McEnroe won two singles rubbers in the final as the U.S. captured the cup for the first time since 1972, beating the United Kingdomin the final. McEnroe continued to be a mainstay of U.S. Davis Cup teams for the next 14 years and was part of U.S. winning teams in 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1992. He set numerous U.S. Davis Cup records, including years played (12), ties (30), singles wins (41), and total wins in singles and doubles (59). He played both singles and doubles in 13 series, and he and Peter Fleming won 14 of 15 Davis Cup doubles matches together.
An epic performance was McEnroe's 6-hour, 22-minute victory over
Mats Wilanderin the deciding rubber of the 3–2 quarterfinal win over Sweden in 1982, played in St. Louis, Missouri. McEnroe won the match, at the time the longest in Davis Cup history, 9–7, 6–2, 15-17, 3–6, 8–6.
McEnroe nearly broke that record in a 6-hour, 20-minute loss to
Boris Beckerfive years later. Becker won their match, the second rubber in a 3–2 loss to West Germany in World Group Relegation play, 4–6, 15-13, 8-10, 6–2, 6–2.
McEnroe also helped the U.S. win the
World Team Cupin 1984 and 1985.
Final years on the tour
McEnroe struggled to regain his form after his 1986 sabbatical. He lost, for example, three times in Grand Slam tournaments to
Ivan Lendl, losing straight-set quarterfinals at both the 1987 US Open and the 1989 Australian Openand a long four-set match, played over two days, in the fourth round of the 1988 French Open.
Nevertheless McEnroe had several notable victories in the final years of his career.
In 1989, McEnroe won a record fifth title at the
World Championship TennisFinals (the championship tournament of the WCT tour, which was being staged for the last time), defeating top-ranked Lendl in the semifinals. At Wimbledon, he defeated Mats Wilanderin a four-set quarterfinal before losing to Stefan Edbergin a semifinal. He won the RCA Championships in Indianapolisand reached the final of the Canadian Open, where he lost to Lendl. He also won both of his singles rubbers in the quarterfinal Davis Cuptie with Sweden.
Controversy was never far from McEnroe, however. In his fourth round match against
Mikael Pernforsat the 1990 Australian Open, McEnroe was disqualified for swearing at the umpire, supervisor, and referee. 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. So when McEnroe unleashed a volley of abuse at umpire Gerry Armstrong, he was defaulted.
Later that year, McEnroe reached the semifinals of the US Open, losing to the eventual champion,
Pete Sampras. He also won the Davidoff Swiss Indoorsin Basel, defeating Goran Ivaniševićin a five-set final. The last time McEnroe was ranked in the world top ten was on October 22, 1990, when he was ranked 9th. His end-of-year singles ranking was 13th.
In 1991, McEnroe won the last edition of the Volvo Tennis-Chicago tournament by defeating his brother Patrick in the final. 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 Michael Changin a five-set night match). His end-of-year singles ranking was 28th in the world.
In 1992, McEnroe defeated third-ranked
Boris Beckerin the third round of the Australian Open 6–4, 6–3, 7–5 before a sell-out crowd. In the fourth round, McEnroe needed 4 hours 42 minutes to defeat ninth ranked Emilio Sanchez8–6 in the fifth set. He lost to Wayne Ferreirain the quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, McEnroe reached the semifinals where he lost in straight sets to the eventual champion Andre Agassi. McEnroe teamed with Michael Stichto 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 Switzerland3–1.
McEnroe retired from the professional tour at the end of 1992. He ended his singles career ranked 20th in the world.
After retirement from the tour
McEnroe separated from Tatum O'Neal in 1992 and they divorced in 1994. While he was originally awarded full custody of their children, they now have joint custody. He married musician
Patty Smythin April 1997. He has six children (three with O'Neal, two with Smyth, and one from Smyth's previous marriage to rock star Richard Hell). He and Smyth have two daughters: Anna, age|1995|12|27 and Ava, age|1999|3|2283. He has one stepdaughter, Ruby, age|1985|12|31.
McEnroe was inducted into the
International Tennis Hall of Famein 1999. He now works as a sports commentatorin tennis and has regularly appeared in US nationally telecast Grand Slam tennis matches for many years, as has his brother Patrick McEnroe.McEnroe became the U.S. Davis Cupcaptain in September 1999. His team barely escaped defeat in their first two outings in 2000, beating Zimbabweand the Czech Republicin tight 3–2 encounters. They were then defeated 5–0 by Spainin the semifinals. 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. His brother Patrick McEnroetook over the job.
Never at a loss for words, in 2002 McEnroe wrote a book (along with co-author
James Kaplan) entitled "You Cannot Be Serious," an autobiographical account of his life during and after tennis. It was published as "Serious: The Autobiography" in the United Kingdomand Ireland. In the book, McEnroe shared many stories about the realities of the tennis tour, the role of corporations in professional tennis, and his off-court, drug-induced escapades.
In July 2004, McEnroe began a
CNBC talk showentitled " McEnroe." The show, however, was unsuccessful, twice earning a 0.0 Nielsen rating, and was cancelled within five months. He also hosted "The Chair" quiz show in both the U.K. and the U.S., but this venture also was unsuccessful. In 2002, McEnroe played himself in " Mr. Deeds". McEnroe played himself in the 2004 movie "Wimbledon".
McEnroe is active in philanthropy and tennis development. He owns an
art galleryin Manhattan.
McEnroe plays on two senior tours, the
Merrill Lynch Tour of Championsand the Outback Champions Series. He is a TV commentator at major tournaments. Many players and tennis experts agree that McEnroe's level of play is still high enough for him to compete on the professional level. In charity events and World Team Tennis, he has beaten many top players, including Mardy Fishand Mark Philippoussis. He defeated Andy Roddickin a doubles charity match, and was even able to volley back some of Roddick's powerful shots.
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. McEnroe also appeared on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Return to the tour
McEnroe returned to the ATP Tour in 2006 to play two doubles tournaments.
In his first tournament, he teamed with
Jonas Björkmanto win the title at the SAP Openin San Jose, which was McEnroe's first title since capturing the Paris Indoor doubles title in November 1992 with his brother Patrick. At age 47 years and 3 days, he was the oldest player to win a top-level title, either in singles or doubles, in thirty years.Fact|date=February 2007 The win meant that McEnroe had won doubles titles in four different decades and is tied with Tom Okkerfor the second highest number (70) of doubles titles in history (trailing Todd Woodbridge).
In his second tournament, McEnroe and Björkman lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Stockholm.
McEnroe won a total of 155 top-level titles (a record for a male professional) during his career — 84 in singles (including 77 listed on the website maintained by the
Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP)), 70 in men's doubles, and 1 in mixed doubles. His career singles match record was 864-194 (81.66%). He won seven Grand Slam singles titles and the season-ending Masters championships three times (1978, 1983, and 1984). He won the World Championship Tennis(WCT) Finals, the championship tournament of the WCT tour, a record five times (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1989).
According to the ATP website, McEnroe had the edge in career matches on
Jimmy Connors(20-14), Stefan Edberg(7–6), Mats Wilander(7–6), Michael Chang(4–1), Ilie Nastase(4–2), and Pat Cash(3–1). McEnroe was even with Björn Borg(7–7), Andre Agassi(2–2), and Michael Stich(1–1). He trailed against Pete Sampras(0–3), Goran Ivanišević(2–4), Boris Becker(2–8), Guillermo Vilas(5–6), Jim Courier(1–2), and Ivan Lendl(15-21). McEnroe won 12 of the last 14 matches with Connors, beginning with the 1983 Cincinnati tournament. Edberg won the last 5 matches with McEnroe, beginning with the 1989 tournament in Tokyo. McEnroe won 4 of the last 5 matches with Vilas, beginning with the 1981 tournament in Boca Raton, Florida. And Lendl won 11 of the last 12 matches with McEnroe, beginning with the 1985 US Open.
McEnroe, however, played in numerous events, including invitational tournaments, that are not covered by the ATP website. McEnroe won eight of those events and had wins and losses against the players listed in the preceding paragraph that are not reflected on the ATP website.
Grand Slam finals (24)
NH = tournament not held.
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
Grand Slam doubles tournament timeline
Other singles titles - Draw at least 8 players (11)
enior tour titles
Champions Cup Boston- defeated Aaron Krickstein5-7, 6-3, 10-5 (tiebreaker)
* McEnroe's fiery temper has got him featured in fields other than tennis on more than one occasion. In 1982, on the tail of his final victory against Borg, British impressionist Roger Kitter made a record called "Chalk Dust: The Umpire Strikes Back" in which he played a parody of McEnroe losing his temper with an umpire during a match. The record was made under the nomenclature "The Brat" and reached the UK Top 20; by this time the British tabloids had dubbed him "SuperBrat".
*He is also imitated and referenced on Dionysos' album "
Western sous la neige" which features multiple tracks that talk about writing in the blood of bad referees.
*His random bursts of rage were parodied in the satirical British programme '
Spitting Image', where he and wife Tatum frequently screamed and threw things at each other. He was also lampooned in the Australian " The Paul Hogan Show", in which Paul Hoganplayed "John MacEnhoax" who used a handshake to fling his opponent, destroying a tennis court.
* At the height of his career, NBC-TV's tennis coverage included a piece with clips of his many on-court tantrums, underscored by the
Men at Workhit song, " Be Good Johnny".
* McEnroe has also been given roles in TV and film where he playfully acknowledges his well-known belligerence such as in his appearance in a 2005 car commercial for the
SEAT Alteawhere he angrily shouts his trademark "Clearly inside the line" line at an officer who has ticketed him for parking incorrectly. He also portrays himself in the 2002 film " Mr. Deeds" where he lauds the title character for getting angry and assaulting an antagonist, and has a scene in the film " Anger Management" starring Jack Nicholsonand Adam Sandler, most of which was cut—leaving only a short shot of him sleeping on the floor of the psychiatrist's office. The full scene is in the DVD special features.
* In the "
Not the Nine O'Clock News", McEnroe is parodied by Griff Rhys Joneswith considerable emphasis being placed on his lack of patience, his temper tantrums and his inability to understand that he does anything wrong or any decision that is not in his favour.
* McEnroe also has appeared in Nike's recent tennis commercials with his brother Patrick and tennis star
Maria Sharapova. He appeared in another commercial where he taught Pete Samprashow to throw temper tantrums on the court.
* McEnroe appeared on the December 16, 2006, episode of the UK talk show "Parkinson".
* McEnroe, alongside his brother Patrick, co-hosted the WFAN Morning Show (formerly
Imus in the Morning) on May 8 and 9, 2007.
* On May 10, 2007, McEnroe appeared as a murder
suspecton an episode of the American CBStelevision show "", uttering a variation of his famous "You cannot be serious!" line. [ [http://csifanatic.com/2007/05/02/john-mcenroe-on-csiny-may-9th-episode-comes-around Episode "Comes Around" - Season 3, Episode 23] ]
* According to the DVD movie interview, Tom Hulce studied McEnroe's mood swings for his portrayal of Mozart's unpredictable genius in "Amadeus". Also, Ian McKellen once took some lessons from his behaviour on court for his interpretation of the megalomaniacal Coriolanus at Stratford.
* McEnroe was partially the inspiration for Freddie, the volitle, unpredictable American chess player in the musical Chess by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulveaus, and Tim Rice.
* He appeared on a British advertisement for
Tesco, along with Björn Borg, his famous rival, where they compete to collect supermarket items, and Borg eventually finishes with a plate, a play on the trophy of Wimbledon.
* In 2007 McEnroe appeared in a television advertisement for
Mars Incorporated, advertising Mars Bars.Fact|date=August 2008
* Also in 2007 McEnroe appeared in an Australian television commercial for Telstra's NextG network in which he becomes angered over his phone not working in an elevator and throws it to the floor, breaking it. He is then mistaken for Australian tennis player
Pat Cash.Fact|date=August 2008
* McEnroe appeared as himself in "
Curb your Enthusiasm" Season 6 Episode 5 in which Larry adopts the role of his limo driver for the day.
* McEnroe appears as himself in "
You Don't Mess with the Zohan".
* McEnroe is mentioned in the
House of Painsong Jump Around.
* Punk band
End of a Yearreference his famous temper in the song "McEnroe".
* McEnroe is also an avid supporter of the
New York Metsbaseball team.
* McEnroe appeared in a
Kellogscereal commercial in 2008.
MacCAM, an instant replaysystem used by CBSand other networks, named after "Johnny Mac."
World number one male tennis player rankings.
Tennis male players statistics.
List of Grand Slam Men's Singles champions
Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
*cite book |author=Adams, Tim |title=On Being John McEnroe |publisher=Crown |location= [New York] |year=2005 |pages= |isbn=1-4000-8147-5 |oclc= |doi=
*cite book |author=Kaplan, James; McEnroe, John |title=You Cannot Be Serious |publisher=G.P. Putnam's Sons |location=New York, NY |year=2002 |pages= |isbn=0-399-14858-2 |oclc= |doi=
*cite book |author=Evans, Richard I. |title=McEnroe, Taming the Talent |publisher=S. Greene |location= [Lexington, MA] |year=1990 |pages= |isbn=0-8289-0791-9 |oclc= |doi=
*cite book |author=Evans, Richard; written in cooperation with John McEnroe |title=McEnroe: A Rage for Perfection: A Biography |publisher= Sidgwick & Jackson |location=New York |year=1984 |pages= |isbn=0450055868 |oclc= |doi=
*cite book |author=Long, Cathy; Scanlong, Bill; Long, Sonny |title=Bad News for McEnroe : Blood, Sweat, and Backhands with John, Jimmy, Ilie, Ivan, Bjorn, and Vitas |publisher=St. Martin's Press |location=New York |year=2004 |pages= |isbn=0-312-33280-7 |oclc= |doi=
*"The Wimbledon Collection - Legends of Wimbledon - John McEnroe" Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004, Run Time: 52 minutes, ASIN: B0002HOD9U
*"The Wimbledon Collection - The Classic Match - Borg vs. McEnroe 1981 Final" Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004, Run Time: 210 minutes, ASIN: B0002HODAE
*"The Wimbledon Collection - The Classic Match - Borg vs. McEnroe 1980 Final" Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004, Run Time: 240 minutes; ASIN: B0002HOEK8
*"Charlie Rose with John McEnroe (February 4, 1999)" Charlie Rose, DVD Release Date: September 18, 2006, ASIN: B000IU3342
*ITF male profile|number=10000894
* [http://www.tennisfame.com/famer.aspx?pgID=867&hof_id=198 International Tennis Hall of Fame profile]
* [http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/history/john_mcenroe.html Official Wimbledon website profile]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/wimbledon_history/3742119.stm BBC profile]
* [http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/McEnroe_John.html ESPN biography]
* [http://tenniscorner.net/index.php?corner=M&action=players&playerid=MCJ002 tenniscorner.net profile]
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