Last Updated on December 23, 2021
John Patrick McEnroe is a retired tennis player who is one of the greatest of the sport. He didn’t have the best serves but was known for his artistic shots and volleying. He was also known for his behavior on court as he often used to argue with on-court umpires. One such incident happened during 1981 Wimbledon where umpire gave a lot of decisions against him and he finally told the umpire, You Cannot Be Serious. The words became history as he titled his book with the same line and that became New York Time’s Best Sellers in 2002. Not just Singles but he was equally good in doubles and is one of the rare players who became no. 1 both in singles and doubles.
He won 77 singles and 78 doubles titles and the combining figure is still an Open Era record. He also won seven majors in singles that include three Wimbledon and four U.S. Open titles. He also won 9 majors in doubles where he won four U.S. Open and five Wimbledon titles. He also won mixed doubles during the 1977 French Open and thereby winning majors on all surfaces.
|100 000 000$
|February 16, 1959 (age 62)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
|5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[
|Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Early life and first steps in tennis
John Patrick McEnroe, Sr. and Katherine ‘Kay’ McEnroe. He has two younger brothers named Mark McEnroe and Patrick McEnroe. He has a long dating history as he dated Stacy Margolin from 1976 to 1981. After break-up with her, he dated Lisa Taylor. From 1982-84, he dated Stella Hall. In 1984, he started seeing noted American actress Tatum O’Neal. The couple eventually married in 1986 with whom, he has two sons named Sean O’Neal, and Kevin McEnroe. The couple also has a daughter named Emily McEnroe. The couple divorced in 1994 and he was handed the sole custody of his children in 1998. In 1997, he married American singer Patty Smyth and together the couple has two daughters named Anna McEnroe and Ava McEnroe. He was introduced to tennis by his father at an early age of 8. He learned tennis at Douglaston Club in New York. He used to play with his youngest brother Patrick McEnroe.
John McEnroe Career
John McEnroe had one of the most illustrious careers of all time. He holds the record for the ‘Best Win Rate’ in a calendar year as his record of 82-3, win-loss still remains the single best season of the Open Era. He came into the limelight after he entered Wimbledon as a qualifier in 1977 and reached the semi-finals where he lost to Jimmy Conors. The same year, he also won French Open mixed doubles title pairing Mary Carillo. He played tennis for 15 years, in a career that saw highs after highs. In the latter part of his career, he was also abused for using drugs. He denied all such charges but admitted that he consumed cocaine in an interview in 2000. He won 7 singles, 9 doubles, and 1 mix-doubles title. After retirement, he tried his hands at music. He also made a comeback during the 1999 Wimbledon where he paired Steffi Graf and the pair reached the semi-finals. This was the last match of his career.
He won his first mixed doubles title as an amateur in 1977. He turned pro in 1978 at the age of 19 and made immediate impact as he won his first major the U.S. Open in 1979.
First Major Title
He played poorly at the majors but won the tour finals in 1978 and was looked upon as a serious threat by his competitors. In 1979, he finally showed the world what he is capable of
First Masters Title
He won his maiden Masters Grand Prix title in 1978 in which he defeated none other than Arthur Ahe.
World No. 1
He is one of those distinguished players who have attained number one rankings in both singles and doubles. He became number one in singles in 1980 for the first time after he successfully defended his U.S. Open title. He spent 170 weeks at the top in his singles career.
Important Career Details
He could never win an Australian Open and that was his biggest regret, he mentioned in an interview. His best at the first major of the year came during 1983 where he advanced till the semi-finals. Along with 7 majors, he won tour finals thrice, and WCT finals five times. He won all his major titles in singles before he turned 25 as he couldn’t win any majors after 1984. He also helped America win Davis Cup five times where he remained unbeaten on most of the occasions.
- Tour Finals -1978, 1983, 1984
- WCT Finals -1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989
John McEnroe’ Grand Slam Records
John McEnroe has had impressive success at Grand Slam tournaments, failing only to win a trophy at the Australian Open and French Open. We have compiled the statistics of his performance at the major majors in the table.
1981, 1983, 1984
1979, 1980, 1981, 1984
John McEnroe Endorsements
John McEnroe endorsed tennis rackets maker Head for the most part of his career. Along with that, he also endorsed some of the most famous brands such as Gold Coast, Nike, Dunlop, Penn Solinco, and Sergio Tacchini among others.
John McEnroe’s Net Worth
His net worth is estimated at around $100. He won $12 million as prize money and from an early age, he started investing in property. His real estate investment is estimated at around $50 million as he has properties in many places in the United States. He owns property in Malibu, New York, Los Angeles, and California.
John McEnroe prize money compared to the legendary ATP players
John McEnroe is a former number 1 in the ATP rankings, he knows what it’s like to win a Grand Slam. We compared the prize money of the legendary ATP tennis players to the prize money received by John McEnroe.
John McEnroe was born on February 16, 1959, he is 62 years old.
John McEnroe ended his singles career at 35 and his doubles career at 47
John McEnroe began his professional career in 1978
John McEnroe earned $12,552,132 in prize money during his professional career
John McEnroe, the winner of seven grand slam singles tournaments, is 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) tall.