McEnroe Senior – my son had to be a superbrat to win

THE Irish dad of tennis superstar John McEnroe says his volatile son had to be a superbrat to be successful.

John Patrick Senior – whose father was from Co. Cavan, and mother from Co. Westmeath – has been recalling his time as father of the world’s most controversial sportsman.
He would follow his son – dubbed “Superbrat” by the media – all round the world and was a regular at Wimbledon each year.

“It was terrific, a very exciting time,” retired lawyer McEnroe Snr. says of the 1980s when his son ruled the tennis courts.

“Of course he was  controversial. Like when he said, ‘You cannot be serious,’ to a ref at Wimbledon.  That’s the title of his [2002] autobiography.

“I didn’t like all the negative attention. How could I like it? But on the other hand, I thought if John wasn’t that way he wouldn’t be a winner. He had to let it out.”

Strangely McEnroe Snr. , now 78, believes his son’s best match was one he actually lost – to Bjorn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon final. That match featured the greatest ever tie-break in the fourth set, which McEnroe snatched 18-16, before going on to lose in five agonising sets.

“That was some match,” he recalls. “Borg served better in the fifth set than the first. But then John came back that summer and beat Borg at the U.S. Open. And then the next year John beat Borg in both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals. So three out of four ain’t bad!”


0 Responses to “McEnroe Senior – my son had to be a superbrat to win”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

All the news that's printed to fit from New York's best online information source.

Latest news:

RSS New York Times

RSS NY Daily News

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS New York Post

  • ‘American Women’ actresses freaked out over their size 12 costumes June 22, 2018
    Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari were reportedly “horrified” when they were handed the clothes for their new show, the ’70s-era sitcom “American Woman.” It wasn’t the outfits that appalled them, costume designer Judy Gellman tells The Post, but the size they were in: 12. “Sizing was different then,” Gellman explains. Indeed, a size 12 then... […]


  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
Website redesign by BST Designs

%d bloggers like this: