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.
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It's clear from recent events that we can still count on John McEnroe to behave in precisely the way we expect him to - the petulance, the volatility, the instant, unconsidered reaction to a situation: they're all still there. McEnroe is now a very wealthy man, and one might have thought that his guaranteed place in any pantheon of the sport's greatest players might have made him a more dispassionate individual. But it seems the old John McEnroe is still alive and kicking. Some have put this behaviour down to the player's sobering realization that he is not the tennis virtuoso he once was, but another school of thought holds that McEnroe, like many a prima donna in the opera or pop fields, gives the public what it expects. This frank and involving autobiography (co-written with journalist James Kaplan of the New Yorker) does not fudge the issues when discussing the complicated character of its subject. Of course, John McEnroe has famously employed the services of therapists, and is the father of five children by two different wives; his first marriage was to Hollywood actress Tatum O'Neal, but he has found more lasting love with rock chanteuse Patty Smith - and, like many a sportsman before him, he has latterly proved to be a penetrating and intelligent sports commentator. It's a packed life, and McEnroe evokes the triumphs and disasters of his glittering career with skill and panache. If you're a McEnroe admirer or a Wimbledon junkie, this is required reading. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - John McEnroe
Born in Wiesbaden in Germany in 1959, this most American of sports stars was the No. 1 player in the world four times (1981-84) and some would say the best ever.