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John McEnroe Biography

Former professional tennis player
Con to the question "Is Golf a Sport?"

“Golf is not a sport — it’s an artistic exercise like ballet. You can be a fat slob and still play golf.”

“Sports et cetera,” The Milwaukee Journal, Feb. 17, 1985

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Tennis commentator, CBS, ESPN, NBC
  • Tennis player, NY Sportimes, World Team Tennis league
  • Tennis commentator, Tennis Channel, 2007-present
  • Tennis player, ATP Champions Tour, 1998-present
  • Founder, John McEnroe Tennis Academy, Sep. 2010
  • Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame, 1999
  • Member, USA Championship Davis Cup team, 1978-1979, 1981-1982, 1992
  • Professional tennis player, 1978-1992
  • Winner, Men’s Singles, Wimbledon, 1981, 1983-1984
  • Winner, Men’s Singles, US Open, 1979-1981, 1984
  • Education:
  • Attended Stanford University, 1978
  • Other:
  • Born Feb. 16, 1959, in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Won 77 singles and 78 doubles titles during his career
  • Married to singer Patty Smythe
  • Has appeared on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI: NY, and 30 Rock, and in the movies Jack and Jill, Anger Management, and Mr. Deeds

  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Is Golf a Sport?