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John McEnroe enjoyed tremendous success at all levels of tennis, and he owns 77 career singles titles, including 7 Grand Slams.

He joined the circuit in 1978 and it took him only three years to attain the No. 1 ranking. The 1980 Wimbledon final, between McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, is considered by many tennis experts to be the best match ever, a five-set thriller which McEnroe avenged the following year for his first Wimbledon title. In doubles, McEnroe is recognised as the best player of all time.

He was ranked No. 1 for a record 257 weeks and captured a total of 74 titles, including 8 Grand Slams.

Still an active player, McEnroe is now an outstanding tennis commentator and broadcaster for the BBC and other national networks.

This autobiography, his first, covers an awesome tennis career, marriage to movie star Tatum O'Neal and where arguably the greatest tennis player of all time goes from here. This is SERIOUS.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Section: 16, col, 16pp b/w
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Autobiography: sport
  • ISBN: 9780751534214

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An interesting insight into the great tennis player's background and mental processes. Although I am generally sympathetic towards him and regard him now as an outstanding commentator, the book is in places a bit overly defensive and self-justificatory, e.g. he still cannot seem to accept he might ever have been wrong about a linecall.

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I loved this book. Was too much of a Lendl fan to appreciate McEnroe when he was at the peak of his playing powers, but this book is fascinating and very well done. Especially delightful are the mentions of players whose very existence I had forgotten about. I

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September 17.<br/>Just finished it and I really enjoyed reading about all the tennis players back in the days. I was always rooting for McEnroe while my mom wanted Borg to win.<br/>Never was a fan of Ivan Lendl. Interesting read. He is not as mean about Tatum as she was about him in her book. <br/>I do think reading this what a miserable sod is this guy. He appears to be never happy. Not when he won, not when he was married. I wanted to read more about his life with Tatum, about his own drug use, and hers!. It was all superficial and that is why I prefer biographies instead of autobiographies. <br/>I do give it an 8 just because I like to read the stories of back in the days. Hope there is another book about him not written by McEnroe.<br/><br/>Oh and by the way, what a jealous guy he is. He does not even want his own brother to win? geez. And every time he lost he had an excuse, fog, referee, Connors, etcetera.

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