John McEnroe

  • Date of birth:  February 16, 1959
  • Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Residence: New York, USA
  • Height: 5'10'' (1.85 m)
  • Weight: 150 lbs (179 kg)
  • Plays:  Left-handed; one-handed backhand

John Patrick McEnroe was born February 16, 1959 and is a former World No. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles—three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open—nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying; for his famous rivalries with Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl; for his confrontational on-court behavior, which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities; and for the catchphrase "You can not be serious!" directed toward an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. McEnroe is also the older brother of Patrick McEnroe, who is also a former professional tennis player and the present Captain of the United States Davis Cup team, a position that John served in previously. They also both are now often commentators for Grand Slam television coverage in the United States.

As an 18 year old amateur in 1977, McEnroe won the Mixed Doubles at the French Open with Mary Carillo, and then made it through the qualifying tournament and into the main draw at Wimbledon, where he lost in the semifinals to Jimmy Connors in four sets. It was the best performance by a qualifier at a Grand Slam tournament and a record performance by an amateur in the open era. Shortly after, McEnroe entered Stanford University and won the National Collegiate Athletic Association singles and team titles in 1978. After that, he joined the professional tour.

McEnroe retired from the professional tour at the end of 1992. He ended his singles career ranked 20th in the world.

After a 12-year absence from the professional tour, McEnroe returned to top-level doubles competition in 2006 and became the oldest male player to win an ATP title in 30 years when he won the SAP Open at San Jose.