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John McEnroe

Internationally-renowned tennis player

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John McEnroe

Internationally-renowned tennis player


While his outstanding contributions to the sport of tennis are known internationally, to whatever extent formal validation was needed, it was put in place during the summer of 1999. In August, John was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, taking his place among the immortals of the sport. In September during the United States Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, the United States Tennis Association announced John's selection as the thirty-seventh Captain of the United States Davis Cup Team for the 2000 campaign. 

With more than 150 singles and doubles titles to date, John has compiled an unparalleled record of achievement and raised the level of the game itself. One of his proudest achievements was leading the USA to five Davis Cup titles. In fact, he holds the record for the most U.S Davis Cup wins in singles (41) and in singles and doubles combined (59). But if competing on the court is John's passion, it is by no mean his only interest. John's knowledge of the game and magnetic personality have made him an instant hit as a network television commentator. He now offers his insights and unique style for a variety of television networks, including CBS, NBC, USA, and the BBC, and he has also commentated in the past for EuroSport and Australia's Channel 7. John expanded his on-camera work to extend beyond the realm of sports as host for the ABC-TV primetime reality game show, The Chair . 

His busy schedule includes overseeing The John McEnroe Gallery in the Soho area of New York City, where he showcases the work of contemporary artists. John has founded and is actively involved in the the John McEnroe Foundation, an organization established to distribute grants and pledges to a wide variety of charitable organizations. An accomplished guitarist, John has led The Johnny Smyth Band in a series of concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For the past two decades, John has served as a spokesman for some of the world's most recognizable brand names. 

John returned to the ATP Tour in 2006 to play two doubles tournaments.
In his first tournament, he teamed with Jonas Björkman to win the title at the SAP Open in San Jose. This was his first title since capturing the Paris Indoor doubles title in November 1992 with his brother Patrick. The win meant that McEnroe had won doubles titles in four different decades and surpassed Tom Okker for the second highest number (71) of doubles titles in history (trailing Todd Woodbridge).
In his second tournament, McEnroe and Björkman lost in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Stockholm.

John also won at the French Open in 2012 for the over-45 legends doubles competition. He was partnered with his brother Patrick beating Guy Forget and Henri Leconte 7–6 (7–5), 6–3.

On and off the court, McEnroe has proven himself to be one of the most intriguing and controversial public figures of his time. During his playing years, his bold and irreverent style made him, for many, a symbol for a generation of "rock n' roll" athletes. Since leaving the court, his unique commentary and style in the broadcast booth have garnered him national Sports Emmy nominations, while his style on the page made his 2001 memoir, You Cannot Be Serious , #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List, as well as a #1 bestseller in the UK. 

While his exploits have made "Mac" an international celebrity, to Kevin, Sean, Emily, Anna, Ava and Ruby, he's still just "Dad." A concerned and loving parent and role model, John was the recipient of the 1996 National Father of the Year Award from the National Fathers Day Council. 

For the past two decades, John McEnroe has set the standard for excellence both on and off the court. 

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