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John McEnroe
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McEnroe at the 2012 French Open in which he won the senior doubles event with his brother Patrick
Country  United States
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Born February 16, 1959 (1959-02-16) (age 62)
Wiesbaden, Hesse, West Germany
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
College Stanford University
Turned pro 1978 (Debut 1976 Amateur)
Retired 1994 (singles)
2006 (doubles)
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$12,547,797
Int. Tennis HOF 1999 (member page)
Career record 881–198 (81.65%)
Career titles 77 (5th in the Open Era)
Highest ranking No. 1 (March 3, 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1983)
French Open F (1984)
Wimbledon W (1981, 1983, 1984)
US Open W (1979, 1980, 1981, 1984)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1978, 1983, 1984)
WCT Finals W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989)
Career record 530–103 (83.73%)
Career titles 78 (5th in the Open Era)
Highest ranking No. 1 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1989)
French Open QF (1992)
Wimbledon W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992)
US Open W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1989)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1977)
Wimbledon SF (1999)
Team Competitions
Davis Cup W (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1992)
Hopman Cup F (1990)

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. (born February 16, 1959 in Wiesbaden, West Germany) is a retired American tennis player, often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport. He was known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, as well as his confrontational on-court behavior that frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.

Early life

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McEnroe was born in Wiesbaden, Hessen, West Germany, to American parents. His father, the son of Irish immigrants, was at the time stationed with the United States Air Force. In 1960, the family moved to the New York City area. He has two younger brothers: Mark (born 1964) and former professional tennis player Patrick (born 1966).

McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens, New York City. He started playing tennis when he was eight, at the nearby Douglaston Club. When he was nine, his parents enrolled him in the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, and he soon started playing regional tournaments. He then began competing in national juniors tournaments, and at twelve—when he was ranked seventh in his age group—he joined the Port Washington Tennis Academy, Long Island, New York. McEnroe attended Trinity School and graduated in 1977.


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John McEnroe, in a promo photo for Eurosport 2015

McEnroe attained the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, finishing his career with 77 singles and 78 doubles titles; this remains the highest men's combined total of the Open Era. He won seven Grand Slam (also referred to as Majors) single titles, including four US Open titles and three Wimbledon titles, and added nine men's Grand Slam doubles titles. His singles match record of 82–3 in 1984 remains the best single season win rate of the Open Era.

McEnroe also excelled at the year-end tournaments, winning eight singles and seven doubles titles, both of which are records. Three of his winning singles year-end championships were at the Masters Grand Prix (the ATP year-end event) and five were at the World Championship Tennis (WCT) Finals, an event which ended in 1989. Since 2000, there has been only one year-end men's singles event, the ATP Finals (the new name for the Masters Grand Prix). He was named the ATP Player of the Year and the ITF World Champion three times each: 1981, 1983 and 1984.

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John McEnroe, Madrid Masters Senior 2007

McEnroe became the top-ranked singles player in the world on March 3, 1980. He was the top ranked player on 14 separate occasions between 1980 and 1985 and finished the year ranked No. 1 four straight years from 1981 through 1984. He spent a total of 170 weeks at the top of the rankings.

McEnroe contributed to five Davis Cup titles for the U.S. and later served as team captain. He has stayed active in retirement, often competing in senior events on the ATP Champions Tour. For many years he has also worked as a television commentator during the majors.

Personal life

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Caricature of John McEnroe

McEnroe was married to Tatum O'Neal, Academy Award-winning actress and daughter of Ryan O'Neal, from 1986 to 1994 and the two had three children. In 1997, McEnroe married rock singer Patty Smyth with whom he has two daughters.

McEnroe is active in philanthropy and tennis development. For years he has co-chaired the City Parks Foundation‘s annual CityParks Tennis fundraiser. The charitable benefit raises crucial funds for New York City's largest municipal youth tennis programs. He collects American contemporary art, and opened a gallery in Manhattan in 1993.

McEnroe pursued his post-tour goal of becoming a working musician. He had learned to play guitar with the help of friends like Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.

McEnroe has donated more than $15,000 to Democratic politicians. In 2010, he founded the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall's Island in New York City.

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