15 Facts About John McEnroe

1. In 2009, John McEnroe appeared on 30 Rock again, in the episode "Gavin Volure", where the title character, a mysterious, reclusive businessman invites him to dinner because he bridges the worlds of "art collecting and yelling.

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2. In 2007, John McEnroe appeared on the NBC comedy 30 Rock as the host of a game show called "Gold Case" in which he uttered his famous line "You cannot be serious!" when a taping went awry.

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3. In 2004, John McEnroe said that during much of his career he had unwittingly taken steroids.

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4. In 2002, John McEnroe played himself in Mr Deeds and again in 2008 in You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

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5. At Wimbledon, John McEnroe reached the semifinals where he lost in straight sets to the eventual champion Andre Agassi.

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6. In 1991, John McEnroe won the last edition of the Volvo Tennis-Chicago tournament by defeating his brother Patrick in the final.

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7. The last time John McEnroe was ranked in the top ten was on October 22, 1990, when he was ranked 9th.

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8. In 1989, John McEnroe won a record fifth title at the World Championship Tennis Finals, defeating top-ranked Lendl in the semifinals.

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9. In 1978, John McEnroe won two singles rubbers in the final as the US captured the cup for the first time since 1972, beating Great Britain in the final.

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10. More than any other player in his era, John McEnroe was responsible for reviving US interest in the Davis Cup, which had been shunned by Jimmy Connors and other leading US players, and had not seen a top US player regularly compete since Arthur Ashe.

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11. In his autobiography, John McEnroe described this as his most bitter defeat and implied that he's never quite gotten over it.

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12. In 1983, John McEnroe reached his fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, dropping only one set throughout the tournament and sweeping aside the unheralded New Zealander Chris Lewis in straight-sets.

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13. At Wimbledon, John McEnroe reached the 1980 Wimbledon Men's Singles final—his first final at Wimbledon—where he faced Bjorn Borg, who was gunning for his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

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14. That same week, John McEnroe won men's singles US Open title, his first Grand Slam singles title.

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15. As an 18-year-old amateur in 1977, John McEnroe won the mixed doubles at the French Open with Mary Carillo, and then made it through the qualifying tournament at Wimbledon and into the main draw, where he lost in the semifinals to Jimmy Connors in four sets.

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