I love John McEnroe
Tantrums an' all!
Yes....Me too Bev!
Me too, me too! One of my top 5
And mine; indeed one of my top 3. Saw him play in Sydney this time last year and even watching him warm up was a privilege.
Delighted to find so many McEnroe fans on here!
I really liked him too. He was a great player (still is, of course) and in some ways his tantrums added to his persona rather than detracted from it. He certainly brought some life into the game.
However, have any of you read his autobiography "Serious"? If you haven't I suggest you do. Apart from being very interesting and often wryly humorous, Mac also explains the true and rather sobering reason behind these tantrums. It seems he was consumed with feelings of extreme anxiety about losing matches, and it was this anxiety that lay behind his outbursts. In other words they were a safety valve, and this probably explains why, having let off a load of steam at some hapless umpire, he was able to return to the match and resume play without apparently losing any of his focus.
He did eventually learn to bring them under a degree of control and it was for this reason that, about three years ago, he offered to help Andy cope with his own feelings of frustration and anxiety, although I gather that, perhaps unfortunately, the invitation was flatly turned down.