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John McEnroe Quotes

John McEnroe tantrum
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2009 )

July 19, 2017: “If you don’t think a crowd can be the difference between winning and losing, you haven’t watched enough tennis.
— ESPN Analyst John McEnroe, a 1980s champion, after Simona Halep, the No. 2 seed from Romania, lost her service game in the third set of her 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 loss to Englishwoman Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarterfinals before a highly partisan crowd.
November 1, 2006: "I know people argue that the top women have easier matches in the same week, their matches don't last as long, and therefore they don't deserve to own as much. I would probably have said the same thing when I was playing, but that isn't the point. I went to see the movie, King Kong, it was too long, [so] being long didn't make it better. So I don't believe the argument about the matches being longer is relevant."
- John McEnroe, three-time Wimbledon champion, telling GQ magazine that he rejects the All England Club's argument that women do not deserve parity because they only play the best-of-three sets while the men play best-of-five.
September 11, 2006: "The way Roger moves, he's a ballet dancer out there. He floats above the court. His style is the most beautiful I've seen."
- John McEnroe,1980s champion and now a TV analyst, with high praise for Roger Federer, in Time magazine.
June 1, 2005: "Not since the days of Boris Becker have I seen such intimidation on a tennis court. Rafael Nadal is on clay what the German phenomenon was on grass.”

John McEnroe, 1980s superstar and now an NBC-TV analyst, after the Spanish teen easily beat Richard Gasquet at the French Open, in his column in The Telegraph (UK)
December 13, 2004:: "It goes back to the days when I was a kid and we called out our own lines. I was taught if there's a doubt, don't call it in, if there's not a doubt call it out."

-- John McEnroe, 45 and competing on the Delta Tour of Champions, with an implausible rationale when asked about his ethos on questioning calls during his tumultuous career.
September 27, 2004: "He's the most gifted player that I've ever seen in my life. I've seen a lot of people play. I've seen the [Rod] Lavers -- I go back a bit -- I played against some of the great players -- the Samprases, Beckers, Connors, Borg. You name it. This guy could be the greatest of all-time. "
-- John McEnroe, seven-time Grand Slam champion and now a TV analyst, praising Roger Federer.
2004: "Princess Diana, she used to come watch the tennis [at Wimbledon]. And even though she had it 1,000 times worse than I ever did, she pulled me aside a few times and said, 'I really feel for you.' "

-- John McEnroe on another favorite quarry of the British tabloids, in Sports Illustrated.

1992: "My basic problem was that I would get all tripped out by the negatives-bad calls, bad days, bad feelings-and anger got to be a habit. I was like a compulsive gambler or an alcoholic. Anger became a powerful habit."

- McEnroe in a late-career interview in Tennis magazine

1984: "Over 1,000 officials to choose from and I get a moron like you."

- McEnroe with a tirade against the chair umpire during the 1984 Queen's Club tournament.

1983: "You'll be sorry you hit me, you fucking Communist asshole."

- McEnroe after being hit in the side by a ball struck by his Czech opponent, Tomas Smid

1979: "My greatest strength is that I have no weaknesses."

- McEnroe

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