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Category: John McEnroe

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John McEnroe slammed for comments over Emma Raducanu withdrawal

Teenager retired with medical issue during Wimbledon matchCommentator speculated that she could not handle situationThe BBC commentator John McEnroe has come under fire after suggesting that Emma Raducanu found playing in the last 16 of Wimbledon “a li…

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1984: Martina Navratilova, Wimbledon and the summer that transformed America forever

Wimbledon 1984 found John McEnroe at the absolute peak of his powers, yet he was only the second most dominant force in the sportOn its face, it was a benign American summer. Big budget movies filled the theaters. Sugary pop songs wafted from the radio…

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Unlike McEnroe, Nick Kyrgios lacks the trophies to validate his attitude | Kevin Mitchell

Australian’s talent is as outrageous as his behaviour but his end product is nowhere near as impressive as the American’sNick Kyrgios makes fools – and psychiatrists – of us all. He shares with John McEnroe the gift of pushing the right buttons, then l…

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Big hitters: the most noteworthy Wimbledon court style – in pictures

From Lili de Alvarez’s groundbreaking culottes to Arthur Ashe’s short-shorts and Serena Williams’ Swarovski ‘broosh’, the grass courts of south-west London have seen their fair share of fashion moments Continue reading…

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Big hitters: the most noteworthy Wimbledon court style – in pictures

From Lili de Alvarez’s groundbreaking culottes to Arthur Ashe’s short-shorts and Serena Williams’ Swarovski ‘broosh’, the grass courts of south-west London have seen their fair share of fashion moments Continue reading…

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Boris Becker: we should question the quality and attitude of the under-28 men

• SW19’s youngest male champion laments lack of challenge• So-called big three have won 53 grand slam events all toldBoris Becker was 17 when he lit up Wimbledon for the first time, 34 years ago, and he cannot wait for a teenager to win the men’s title…

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John McEnroe in his prime and at his most irascible makes fascinating viewing | Tim Lewis

In the Realm of Perfection uses archive footage no one knew existed to chart Superbrat’s failure to win the French OpenA new documentary, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, has been called, in US Vogue, “the best tennis film ever made”. This in …

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Serena Williams’s US meltdown was handled badly all round, says McEnroe

• ‘She was wrong and so was the umpire,’ he adds • McEnroe in London for final appearance at Champions eventSerena Williams has “nothing to apologise for” after her meltdown at this year’s US Open, according to John McEnroe. The man who probably had mo…

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Serena Williams’s US meltdown was handled badly all round, says McEnroe

• ‘She was wrong and so was the umpire,’ he adds • McEnroe in London for final appearance at Champions eventSerena Williams has “nothing to apologise for” after her meltdown at this year’s US Open, according to John McEnroe. The man who probably had mo…

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John McEnroe blunt but still feels Andy Murray is a threat at US Open

McEnroe was not dismissive of former champion’s prospects at the US Open in which he ‘could do some damage’If John McEnroe were a street he would be Broadway, all flashing lights and confidence and surprises, in the city where he grew up, but he reined…

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John McEnroe: ‘I’ve definitely mellowed. I don’t have that killer instinct’

The legend admits his old attitude was too much for him, and maybe for other people, and also reveals how much he missed Bjorn Borg when retired at 25‘What Roger Federer has done over the past 18 months is the most incredible thing I have ever seen in …

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Kyle Edmund not ready to win a grand slam, says John McEnroe

• ‘He’s got top-10 potential but slam would require more work’ • Edmund plays Australian Alex Bolt in Wimbledon first roundWhen Kyle Edmund blew up at the chair umpire in Eastbourne this week, rousing the gentle citizens parked in the sunshine on Centr…

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John McEnroe treads carefully as gender pay row returns at Wimbledon | Kevin Mitchell

After it was revealed he earned 10 times more than Martina Navratilova for their BBC work last year, McEnroe insisted it was not a comparable situation to player prize moneyNot a lot fazes John McEnroe but, when asked if he felt, “uncomfortable” about …

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John McEnroe insists Serena Williams should be seeded at Wimbledon

• Seven-times champion is ranked 183 in the world• Andy Murray will decide about Wimbledon after EastbourneThe wise burghers of Wimbledon are treading delicately through a few moral minefields before the 150th championships, which begin on Monday week,…

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Andy Murray must be realistic about Wimbledon run, says John McEnroe

• With a hip problem you’re more cautious on grass, he adds• ‘Novak Djokovic may not progress far at SW19 either’John McEnroe expects Andy Murray to play at Wimbledon but would be surprised if the two-times champion has much more than a decent run ther…

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Navratilova: BBC pays McEnroe 10 times more for Wimbledon role

Tennis champion says fellow pundit John McEnroe earns at least £150,000, while she is paid £15,000Tennis champion Martina Navratilova has accused the BBC of valuing male voices more than female voices, after discovering that fellow Wimbledon pundit Joh…

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Farewell Ronaldinho, bobsleigh thrills and Dustin Johnson’s miracle drive | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a Robbie Fowler dink, a memorable ODI between Australia and England and all of Boca Juniors’ goals from 20171) Farewell Ronaldinho, you were a lot of fun. Here are all his goals for Barcelona, some tricks and flicks, f…

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So Serena would be 700th, reckons McEnroe. It’s all pointless | Victoria Coren Mitchell

How idiotic to ‘rank’ a woman tennis star with men – but then, why knock balls about in the first place?

When John McEnroe commented, last week, that if Serena Williams played tennis on the men’s tour she would be “like, 700” in the rankings, she replied on Twitter thus:

“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.”

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John McEnroe: Serena Williams would be 700th on men’s tour – audio

John McEnroe dismissed suggestions that Serena Williams was the best player in the world, arguing that she would ‘be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. His comments came during an interview on NPR on Sunday when he was promoting his new memoir. Williams has won 23 grand slam singles titles over the course of her career, the most recent coming at the Australian Open in 2017 when she was already pregnant with her first child.

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Serena Williams would be ‘700 in the world’ on men’s tour, says McEnroe

  • ‘Perhaps [her ranking] would be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower’
  • Williams has won 23 grand slam titles

John McEnroe has reopened a timeworn debate by saying that Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil’s Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000) in the men’s world rankings.

McEnroe’s comments came during an NPR interview on Sunday to promote his memoir, But Seriously. “Perhaps [her ranking] would be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower,” he said. “And on a given day Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke because she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, the US Open etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”

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