YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!!
In his heyday, no one could touch tennis wunderkind John McEnroe. This Queens, New York-born, cocky kid showed everyone that tennis wasn’t just for quiet and the elderly anymore, it was for anyone good enough to play. And McEnroe was most certainly good enough to play.
John McEnroe quickly became a household name across the world of sports, not just for his untouchable skill but also for his loud and aggressive behavior. When he disagreed with any game authority, he would yell and argue openly in the middle of a match. Despite what many called his ‘unprofessional’ or ‘unsportsmanlike’ attitude, McEnroe dominated the sport for a while and no one could come close to touching him. He knew his talent gave him free reign to say and do almost anything.
As he took Wimbledon and the U.S. Open time and time again in both doubles and singles, McEnroe had not only become a known sports pro, he had become a full-fledged celebrity. After a very long career, McEnroe still remains a celebrity, long after his retirement in 1992. He’s embraced the world view on his former behavioral outbursts and regularly parodies his former self in sitcoms and movies.
McEnroe’s life has been so extraordinary that his first memoir, You Cannot Be Serious, just wasn’t enough, he’s back at it again, having just released his second memoir, But Seriously, on June 27, 2017. If you think he has nothing left to say about himself, think again. McEnroe has plenty of material between his failed, and infamously rocky, marriage with Tatum O’Neal and his current, successful marriage with legendary musician Patty Smyth. Combined, he and Patty have 6 children, either together or with former spouses. He’s also dabbled in professional music and has cultivated quite a collection of contemporary art pieces in his private gallery.
In the interview with CBS Sunday Morning below, McEnroe and Smyth share their feelings on their past, present, and future:
Four decades ago, John McEnroe stormed onto tennis’ genteel courts, smashing conventions (and occasionally rackets), to become one of the sport’s reigning champions. The tennis star whose temper tantrums on the court were as virtuosic as his athleticism talks about always taking it to the line; how his anger played off the court; and about his new book, “But Seriously.” Susan Spencer reports.