John McEnroe relishing coaching role with Milos Raonic at Wimbledon

As he links up with the big-serving Canadian’s team after many years in the commentary box, John McEnroe hopes to make an impact at Queen’s and his old SW19 stamping ground

John McEnroe and Boris Becker are part of the Wimbledon furniture, and part of each other’s lives. What few people remember – even Ion Tiriac, who was Becker’s manager – is that the American, who won three titles here, briefly coached the German, who memorably was the youngest ever champion at the All England Club, at 17.

In the crossover of their playing careers, Becker – who was nine years younger, two stone heavier and four inches taller – prevailed eight times out of 10. Theirs was as unlikely a partnership as could be imagined. The doomed arrangement in 1993 lasted only a few months, after Becker split with Tiriac and while McEnroe, who had recently retired, was going through a divorce with the actor Tatum O’Neill.

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