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John McEnroe Biography

Birth Name:
John Patrick McEnroe Jr.
Birth Place:
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Tennis player, commentator

Fast Facts

  • As an amateur in 1977, won mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Mary Carillo, and made the semifinals in singles
  • Won NCAA singles and team titles with Stanford in 1978, the year he also turned pro
  • Won first Grand Slam event in 1979 (U
  • S
  • Open)
  • Won 10 singles events and 17 doubles events
  • Best year came in 1984, when he went 82-3 in matches, and won 13 singles titles
  • In his career, he won titles at four U
  • S
  • Opens and three Wimbledons, but lost to Bjorn Borg in 1980 in a final many call the best in Wimbledon history
  • Won 57 doubles titles with partner Peter Fleming
  • With his tennis career winding down, he opened an art gallery in Manhattan and started a rock group, the Johnny Smyth Band, in the 1990s
  • Starred in a TV game show (The Chair) and his own talk show (McEnroe)
  • His 2002 autobiography, You Cannot Be Serious, was a best-seller
  • Continues to play tennis on senior tours