Tennis great, John McEnroe, Jr. was born February 16, 1959. Mc Enroe is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won seven Grand Slam singles titlesâ€”three at Wimbledon and four at the US Openâ€”nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying, for his famous rivalries with BjÃ¶rn Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Ivan Lendl. He is also known for his confrontational on-court behavior, which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities and is famous for the catchphrase “You cannot be serious!” directed toward an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
After a 12-year absence from the professional tour, McEnroe returned to top-level doubles competition in 2006 and became the oldest male player to win a top-level title in 30 years at San Jose.
McEnroe won a total of 155 top-level titles (a record for a male professional) during his career â€” 84 in singles (including 77 listed on the website maintained by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)), 70 in men’s doubles, and 1 in mixed doubles. His career singles match record was 864-194 (81.66%). He won seven Grand Slam singles titles and the season-ending Masters championships three times (1978, 1983, and 1984). He won the World Championship Tennis (WCT) Finals, the championship tournament of the WCT tour, a record five times (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1989).
According to the ATP website, McEnroe had the edge in career matches on Jimmy Connors (20-14), Stefan Edberg (7â€“6), Mats Wilander (7â€“6), Michael Chang (4â€“1), Ilie Nastase (4â€“2), and Pat Cash (3â€“1). McEnroe was even with BjÃ¶rn Borg (7â€“7), Andre Agassi (2â€“2), and Michael Stich (1â€“1). He trailed against Pete Sampras (0â€“3), Goran IvaniÅ¡evic (2â€“4), Boris Becker (2â€“8), Guillermo Vilas (5â€“6), Jim Courier (1â€“2), and Ivan Lendl (15-21). McEnroe won 12 of the last 14 matches with Connors, beginning with the 1983 Cincinnati tournament. Edberg won the last 5 matches with McEnroe, beginning with the 1989 tournament in Tokyo. McEnroe won 4 of the last 5 matches with Vilas, beginning with the 1981 tournament in Boca Raton, Florida. And Lendl won 11 of the last 12 matches with McEnroe, beginning with the 1985 US Open.
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