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Smallthought: Old School Tuesday …John Mc Enroe

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You either liked or hated John Mc Enroe there was no in between. You either like the fire in which he played or you saw the Super Brat or the whinning and the arguing with the umpires. But there was no denying the he was one of the best tennis players in the sport. His intense rivalry with Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors were must see events.

McEnroe is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. 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. McEnroe also won a record eight season ending championships, comprising five WCT Finalstitles and three Masters Grand Prix titles from twelve final appearances at those two events, a record he shares with Ivan Lendl. During his career, McEnroe won 77 ATP-listed singles titles and 71 in doubles.

McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills; for his rivalries with Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl; and for his confrontational on-court behavior which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities. His match record of 82–3 in 1984 remains the best single season win rate of the Open Era. In 1981, 1983 and 1984 McEnroe was the ITF World Champion for Men’s singles. He was also named as the ATP player of the year in 1981, 1983 and 1984. McEnroe is often rated among the greatest tennis players of all time, especially for his touch on the volley.[a]

McEnroe is a former Captain of the United States Davis Cup team. As a player McEnroe represented the States and was part of the winning team on four occasions in the Davis Cup. McEnroe continues to play tennis and competes in senior events on the ATP Champions Tour. McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Philippe Chatrier Award in 2007. After his tennis career McEnroe became a television commentator, a game show host and a chat show host. Additionally, McEnroe has appeared in several films and television shows as himself and has played music live. McEnroe has been married since 1997 to musician and former Scandal lead singer Patty Smyth, and they have six children between them (two together).

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday salutes the fiery and passionate one …John Mc Enroe.

Career record 875–198 (81.55%)
Career titles 77 (ATP – 4th all-time)
Highest ranking No. 1 (March 3, 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1983)
French Open F (1984)
Wimbledon W (1981, 1983, 1984)
US Open W (1979, 1980, 1981, 1984)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1978, 1983, 1984)
WCT Finals W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984,1989)
Career record 530–103 (83.73%)
Career titles 71[1]
Highest ranking No. 1 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1989)
French Open QF (1992)
Wimbledon W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992)
US Open W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1989)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1977)
Wimbledon SF (1999)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1992)
Hopman Cup F (1990)

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