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John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. (ur. 16 lutego 1959 w Wiesbaden, Niemcy), amerykański tenisista, lider rankingu światowego, zwycięzca turniejów wielkoszlemowych w grze pojedynczej i podwójnej, pięciokrotny zdobywca Pucharu Davisa.

Zawodnik leworęczny, przez wielu znawców uważany za najlepszego woleistę w historii. Budził emocje wśród kibiców nie tylko efektownym, ofensywnym stylem gry, ale także wybuchowym zachowaniem na korcie; kłócił się często z sędziami, co kilkakrotnie kończyło się dyskwalifikacją. W 1977 po raz pierwszy awansował do półfinału Wimbledonu, również półfinał osiągnął w swoim ostatnim występie w tym turnieju – w 1992. W latach 1980-1985 spędził łącznie 170 tygodni na pozycji lidera rankingu światowego; pozycję lidera osiągnął również w liście deblistów. Tworzył wybitną parę deblową z Peterem Flemingiem.

Karierę zawodową zakończył w 1992, w ostatnim roku startów wygrywając w parze z Niemcem Stichem grę podwójną na Wimbledonie, po niezwykle zaciętym pięciosetowym finale z Grabbem i Renebergiem. Również w 1992 zdobył po raz piąty Puchar Davisa (wcześniej w 1978, 1979, 1981 i 1982), występując w meczu finałowym w deblu, jako partner Samprasa. Zdobył ponadto dwukrotnie Drużynowy Puchar Świata (1984, 1985). Po zakończeniu kariery z powodzeniem występuje w rozgrywkach weteranów, udziela się również jako komentator tenisa. W lutym 2006 wystąpił z tzw. dziką kartą w turnieju deblowym w San José i w parze ze Szwedem Björkmanem odniósł 71. turniejowe zwycięstwo. W latach 1999-2000 pełnił funkcję kapitana reprezentacji w Pucharze Davisa, ale po mało udanym sezonie (wymęczone zwycięstwa nad Zimbabwe i Czechami, porażka 0:5 z Hiszpanią) zrezygnował i został zastąpiony przez brata, Patricka.

W 1999 został wpisany do Międzynarodowej Tenisowej Galerii Sławy. Był żonaty z aktorką Tatum O'Neal, ale małżeństwo (mimo trójki dzieci) zakończyło się rozwodem; drugą żoną McEnroe została piosenkarka Patty Smyth (nie mylić z Patti Smith).

W 2009 John McEnroe i Jimmy Connors grali w tenis, jak za dawnych lat, podczas wielkoszlemowego turnieju US Open (z pulą nagród 21,6 mln dol.). Dwaj legendarni leworęczni zawodnicy – "straszny" Mac i dzielny Jimmbo odbijali tym razem piłki nie na Arthur Ashe Stadium, lecz na korcie numer 4.

* Statystyki:
o rok rozpoczęcia profesjonalnych startów – 1978;
o łączna liczba zwycięstw w singlu – 867;
o łączna liczba porażek w singlu – 192;
o liczba zdobytych tytułów w singlu – 77(w tym 7 wielkoszlemowych);
o liczba zdobytych tytułów w deblu – 71;
o łączna suma zarobionych na korcie pieniędzy – 12 547 797 dolarów

* Poszczególne zwycięstwa w turniejach Wielkiego Szlema:
o 1979 – US Open, przeciwnik w finale: Vitas Gerulaitis, wynik meczu: 7-5, 6-3, 6-3;
o 1980 – US Open, przeciwnik w finale: Björn Borg, wynik meczu: 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4;
o 1981 – Wimbledon, przeciwnik w finale: Björn Borg, wynik meczu: 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4;
o 1981 – US Open, przeciwnik w finale: Björn Borg, wynik meczu: 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3;
o 1983 – Wimbledon, przeciwnik w finale: Chris Lewis, wynik meczu: 6-2, 6-2, 6-2;
o 1984 – Wimbledon, przeciwnik w finale: Jimmy Connors, wynik meczu: 6-1, 6-1, 6-2;
o 1984 – US Open, przeciwnik w finale: Ivan Lendl, wynik meczu: 6-3, 6-4, 6-1;

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2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
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2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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Dziś mija 20 lat od chwili, kiedy John McEnroe przegrał mecz w turnieju Ws wskutek dyskwalifikacji, nałożonej przez sędziego. Arbiter Garry Armstrong przerwał mecz po tym, jak John złamał rakietę i w przypływie emocji użył pewnego 4-literowego słowa, zapewne na "f" :P


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21.01.1990 – Saying “I don’t really have anyone to blame but myself,” John McEnroe becomes the first player in 27 years to be tossed out of a major tennis tournament for misconduct. Leading Sweden’s Mikael Pernfors 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 2-4 in the round of 16 a the Australian Open, McEnroe is disqualified by chair umpire Gerry Armstrong after breaking a racquet and flurry of four-letter words. "This is like a long story that culminates in me getting defaulted in a big tournament," McEnroe says in the post-match press conference. "I mean, I guess it was bound to happen. It's too bad. I don't feel good about it, but I can't say that I'm totally surprised." McEnroe is fined $6,500 for behavior in the match - $5,000 for racquet abuse, $500 for verbal abuse and $1,000 for the default. The previous disqualification came in 1963 when Colombian-born Spaniard Willie Alvarez is defaulted out of the French Championships.

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (18)
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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John McEnroe otwiera akademię tenisową. Zapowiada, że nie będzie w niej zmuszał dzieci do spędzania na korcie sześciu godzin dziennie. – Nie sądzę, aby 12- czy 13-latek musiał rzucać wszystko, aby osiągnąć sukces w tenisie. Ja w ich wieku grałem w piłkę nożną, w koszykówkę, w cokolwiek – twierdzi „Mac”.
Akademia – 20 kortów na Randalls Island w Nowym Jorku – ma być otwarta we wrześniu.

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John Patrick McEnroe Jr. urodził się w szpitalu amerykańskiej bazy wojskowej w niemieckim Wiesbaden, w którym jego matka Kay pełniła obowiązki pielęgniarki. Z kolei jego ojciec John, posiadający irlandzkie korzenie, stacjonował w tym mieście wraz z jednostką amerykańskich sił powietrznych. Po dziewięciu miesiącach rodzina wróciła do Stanów Zjednoczonych i osiedliła się w Nowym Jorku, kilka kilometrów od kortów, na których rozgrywany był ówcześnie turniej US Open. Ojciec Johna po ukończeniu szkoły prawniczej, znalazł pracę w prestiżowej firmie "Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison" i zapisał syna do elitarnej szkoły na Manhattanie. Ten już od najmłodszych lat przejawiał talent do tenisa ziemnego i zadziwiał rodziców znakomicie rozwiniętą koordynacją wzrokowo-ruchową. W wieku zaledwie dwóch lat potrafił odbić piłeczkę małą, plastikową rakietą, a wieku czterech lat posyłał piłkę tenisową na sporą odległość. W między czasie zainteresował się również koszykówką i piłką nożną, a gdy miał 11 lat rodzice oddali go pod opiekę trenerów z Akademii Tenisowej "Port Washington", mieszczącej się w Nowym Jorku. Tam zajął się nim były reprezentant Meksyku w Pucharze Davisa Tony Palafox, a także sławny Australijczyk Harry Hopman, który doprowadził wcześniej do wielkich sukcesów Roda Lavera, idola McEnroe z dzieciństwa. Po pięciu latach pobytu w "Port Washington" młody Amerykanin dopuścił się wybryku chuligańskiego, w wyniku którego otrzymał zakaz trenowania w Akademii przez kolejne sześć miesięcy. Rodzice postanowili przenieść syna do "Cove Raquet Club", gdzie udał się również Tony Palafox, aby kontynuować współpracę z utalentowanym zawodnikiem. Po ukończeniu w 1977 roku szkoły średniej, McEnroe rozpoczął studia na Uniwersytecie Stanforda, ale porzucił naukę kilka miesięcy później i skupił się na karierze tenisowej. Po kilku latach dołączył do niego młodszy o 7 lat brat Patrick i w ten sposób obaj stali się najbardziej znanym rodzeństwem tenisowym w historii męskich rozgrywek. Z kolei jego drugi brat Mark, mimo że również odnosił sukcesy na kortach w gronie juniorów, postanowił pójść w ślady ojca i został adwokatem.
McEnroe pozostaje w pamięci kibiców nie tylko jako jeden z najlepszych zawodników w dziejach tenisa, ale również jako największy skandalista jaki pojawił się na światowych kortach. Do historii przeszły przede wszystkim jego liczne kłótnie z sędziami, wulgarne okrzyki kierowane do publiczności i przeciwników, a także częste wyładowywanie złości na własnej rakiecie. Kilkukrotnie zdarzyło się, że został zdyskwalifikowany i wyrzucony z turnieju, a także musiał zapłacić wysoką karę pieniężną. Amerykanin był szczególnie niechętnie przyjmowany na kortach French Open, ale również na Wimbledonie, mimo wspaniałej gry, kibice nie darzyli go wielką sympatią. Gdy w 1981 roku w ostrych słowach zaatakował sędziego, prasa angielska ochrzciła go mianem "Superbrzdąca" (ang. "Superbrat"), wskazując na jego dziecinne zachowanie. Jak sam podkreślał, był zmuszony do walki na korcie nie tylko z rywalem stojącym po drugiej stronie siatki, ale również z sędziami i nieprzychylną publicznością. To wszystko pobudzało go jednak jeszcze bardziej i pomagało w odnoszeniu zwycięstw. Nawet po zakończeniu kariery, potrafił w turniejach dla weteranów, zaatakować w ostrych słowach sędziów liniowych, a także widzów czyniących głośne uwagi pod jego adresem. Podobne zachowanie zdarzało mu się również podczas tenisowych spotkań charytatywnych, w których do dzisiaj bierze udział.
W 1978 roku Amerykanin podpisał 8-letni kontrakt z włoską firmą odzieżową Sergio Tacchini. Później związał się z amerykańskim gigantem, firmą Nike (wcześniej używał jedynie obuwia tej marki) i do dzisiaj występuje w strojach tej firmy przy okazji turniejów pokazowych. Amerykanin od zawsze słynął ze swojego przywiązania do reprezentacji narodowej i nigdy nie odmówił udziału w rozgrywkach o Puchar Davisa. Nie odwrócił się od amerykańskiej drużyny nawet wtedy, gdy został zdyskwalifikowany na rok za swoje zachowanie. W 1999 roku został kapitanem reprezentacji w Pucharze Davisa, ale zrezygnował z tej funkcji po 14 miesiącach pracy, a obowiązki kapitana przejął jego młodszy brat Patrick.
W 1995 roku McEnroe rozpoczął pracę jako komentator telewizyjny i do dzisiaj relacjonuje dla amerykańskich stacji wydarzenia z turniejów wielkoszlemowych. W tym samym roku otworzył własną galerię sztuki w Nowym Jorku, a dwa lata później zakończył pracę nad albumem ze swoim rockowym zespołem "Johnny Smyth Band", w którym pełnił rolę gitarzysty i wokalisty. W ciągu dwóch lat zespół wystąpił w kilkunastu miastach na całym świecie, grając głównie w mniejszych klubach i pubach. W 2002 roku Amerykanin wydał własną autobiografię, którą zatytułował słynnym zwrotem "Nie możesz mówić poważnie" (ang. "You Cannot Be Serious"), którego użył w kierunku sędziego na turnieju wimbledońskim w 1981 roku. W 2004 roku McEnroe prowadził własny program rozgrywkowy w telewizji CNBC, ale został on zdjęty z anteny po sześciu miesiącach, z powodu słabej oglądalności. Amerykanin zaliczył również krótkie epizody w kilku serialach telewizyjnych oraz reklamach.
W 1986 roku na świat przyszedł jego pierwszy syn Kevin, a dwa miesiące wziął ślub z amerykańską aktorką Tatum O"Neal. Para doczekała się rok później drugiego syna Seana, a w 1991 roku urodziła się ich córka Emily. W 1992 roku ich związek zakończył się rozwodem, a McEnroe ożenił się ponownie w 1997 roku, tym razem z amerykańską piosenkarką Patty Smyth. Dwa lata wcześniej na świat przyszła ich córka Anna, a w 1999 roku urodziła się ich druga córka Ava. McEnroe mieszka obecnie z rodziną w swoim apartamencie w Nowym Jorku, ale posiada także kilka rezydencji w innych miastach na całym świecie.

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Amerykanin przez całą karierę prezentował ofensywny tenis, bazujący na agresywnej grze z głębi kortu oraz na szybkich wypadach pod siatkę. Nie posiadał wprawdzie atomowego serwisu, ale potrafił umiejętnie zmieniać jego kierunek i siłę, dzięki czemu regularnie zaskakiwał swoich rywali i bez trudu wygrywał własnego gemy serwisowe. Sprawę ułatwiał mu fakt, że był leworęczny, co dodatkowo dezorientowało jego przeciwników, przyzwyczajonych do gry z tenisistami praworęcznymi. McEnroe był również niesłychanie waleczny i nie odpuszczał żadnej piłki, nawet przy bardzo wysokim prowadzeniu. Amerykanin słynął jednak przede wszystkim ze świetnej gry przy siatce, gdzie popisywał się niesamowitym refleksem i efektownymi wolejami, najczęściej stopowanymi. W niezwykły sposób potrafił przewidywać zagrania rywali, przez co był bardzo trudny do minięcia przy siatce. Głównie dzięki tym umiejętnościom odnosił wielkie sukcesy także w rywalizacji deblowej. Nie miał też problemów z mijaniem i lobowaniem przeciwników, którym udało się przedostać pod siatkę. McEnroe starał się przejąć inicjatywę w wymianie, także przy serwisie rywala, w czym niewątpliwie pomagał mu dobry return oraz mocne, płaskie uderzenia, zarówno z forhendu jak i bekhendu, którymi spychał przeciwników do głębokiej defensywy. Często zdobywał punkty po wygrywających uderzeniach, które zagrywał pod niezwykle ostrymi kątami. Znakomita koordynacja i praca nóg, pozwalały mu w błyskawicznym tempie przemieszczać się po całym korcie, ale brak cierpliwości sprawiał, że nie potrafił odnosić spektakularnych sukcesów na kortach ceglanych, gdzie jego styl gry tracił sporo atutów, co z resztą sam podkreślał.

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Tennis Talk: An Interview with John McEnroe

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Looking lean and relaxed—but still intense—John McEnroe took to the streets of Delray Beach on Feb. 18 with fellow Hall of Famer Mats Wilander, playing an exhibition super-tiebreaker while joking with the crowd and, of course, mixing in devious shots with beguiling topspin.

McEnroe, an art gallery owner, was presented with a custom-made sculpture by local artist Jeff Wyman prior to the match. The American spoke about the common connection between athlete and artist, in that both are striving for creative self-expression to connect with their audience.

These days, the audience McEnroe engages ranges from fans who see the 52-year-old play—and often beat—much-younger senior tour opponents to the juniors the seven-time Grand Slam champion coaches at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City.

Many of McEnroe’s best assets as a player—his eye-hand coordination, reflexes, anticipation, quickness and court sense—are qualities not easily transferred from coach to pupil. Asked if these qualities are innate or can be taught, McEnroe replied: “That’s a great question. I’m not sure I have a great answer.”

“Some if it is innate, there’s no question about it,” McEnroe said. “Part of that is movement, but also your mental strength, tennis IQ and ability to think about where you need to be, strategize about the next shot, and flowing all that with your feet. One of my great rivals, Ivan Lendl, turned out to have a phenomenal career. But if you looked at him at first you wouldn’t say ‘Oh this guy moves like [Roger] Federer.’ He worked extremely hard to get himself to be this incredibly fit, almost machine-like player and turned out to be intimidating and quite successful. So I think to some degree you can teach that stuff.”

McEnroe and Lendl will renew their rivalry that produced 36 encounters between 1980 and 1992 (Lendl leads 21-15) at Madison Square Garden on Monday when they face off in the BNP Paribas Showdown. The pair will play before archrivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras square off.

Several of their most memorable matches took place in New York City: Lendl beat McEnroe in the 1982 U.S. Open semifinals and the ’82 Masters final, staged at MSG. McEnroe enacted a measure of revenge the following year, beating Lendl in the 1983 Masters final and again in the 1984 U.S. Open and Masters finals.

“Tickets have been selling well—better than any of the events we’ve done [at MSG] since Federer vs. Sampras—people are excited to see these rivalries again in Madison Square Garden,” StarGames CEO and event promoter Jerry Solomon said. “The fact these are intense rivalries and both really want to win gives the rivalry an edginess that tennis fans remember and respond to.”

We caught up with McEnroe for this interview prior to a clinic he conducted for long-time racquet manufacturer Dunlop in Boca Raton, Fla:

TENNIS.com: John, how do you feel about returning to Madison Square Garden and reviving the rivalry with Lendl?

John McEnroe: I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s big. We had a great tournament there [the year-end Masters] for many years and they bungled it up by having it move in the first place. Three years ago they had Federer play [Pete] Sampras and the idea was to hopefully start the process of getting tennis back at the Garden. I’ve been going there since I was 8 years old. I go there regularly. I love it. So for me it’s huge. I live nearby. Lendl didn’t play for 16 years. So he decided, for reasons I don’t know exactly, that he wanted to play some again. We played a couple of times since he came back.

TENNIS.com: You played him once in Paris, right?

McEnroe: Yes, once in Paris and we played in Australia last month. But obviously playing at the Garden is a much different thing. Anyone that knows anything about New York knows that it’s the place to play. I haven’t played there in 15 years. I played a Tim Gullikson charity event in ’97, I think?

TENNIS.com: I remember you played the Nike Cup there with Andre Agassi, Sampras and Jim Courier too?

McEnroe: Yes, that was a benefit. It was a long time ago so this is incredible.

TENNIS.com: Do you have any sense of Lendl’s level from playing him previously in recent months?

McEnroe: I know he’s going to be fanatical about trying to get as far back as he can. He’s a bigger guy than I am. He’s got a couple of inches [on me] and 20 pounds at least in weight; he’s lost a lot of weight. The irony to me was unlike the past, the longer the point went the better chance I had of winning it now. But he hits a big ball and we’re only playing an eight-game pro set, so that throws a little bit more luck to the equation. He hits the ball hard. He can still hit a great ball if he gets his racquet on it. Obviously, I’m better off if I can get him on the run and make him hit tough shots. So it’s going to be more trying to make him earn every point he gets—that’s the key.

TENNIS.com: When you renew these rivalries, does the passing of time filter the intensity and change it at all? Or is it a case of you’re always intense when you play?

McEnroe: Of course for your main rivals you’re going to get extra motivated for it, particularly if you haven’t played him for a long time. I never thought I’d have this chance to play him again so from that standpoint alone, it’s easy to get pumped up. Whenever I go on the court with Bjorn [Borg] it’s special and we’ve been doing it for a while. With Jimmy [Connors] it’s the same thing, and those are my three biggest rivals. It’s been a long period of time since we played so I don’t know what the future is going hold for Lendl and I; whether we will play another match or five or 10 or none, it is difficult to say.

TENNIS.com: There have been other players, like Pancho Gonzalez and Bill Tilden, who played very high-level tennis into their 40s. You’re over 50 and competing and beating many younger players. Do you have a sense of trying to take senior tennis into a new territory, and does that motivate you?

McEnroe: I give credit to guys like Gonzalez. I mean, the guy was winning matches at Wimbledon at 42. This is a little different in that you go out there and play two sets and a tiebreaker, which is different. I do think when I get on a good routine and feel better, I learn more, I suppose, of what’s going to work. There’s definitely a satisfaction.

TENNIS.com: From an equipment perspective your game has always been predicated on quickness, movement, angles and finesse. How has equipment impacted your game?

McEnroe: To be honest, it shouldn’t have impacted it whatsoever. The mistake, if I made one, in the late 1980s, was thinking I needed to change my game. I think I would have been better off playing the way I played because I think it’s a style you don’t see much. It’s sort of playing within yourself and not trying to get out of your comfort zone. Obviously, when you’re playing a guy like Sampras or Boris Becker, two of the biggest hitters in the history of tennis, you felt like everyone was talking about the racquets and the power. Clearly, you’re talking about the difference in the Dunlop racquet I carry now has 30 to 40 percent more power.

I serve harder now, but the standard joke is I just have no idea where it’s going. There’s a sense you don’t see people playing with my grip or going to the net the way I did. One of the things I want to do with the players at my tennis academy, especially if they’re younger, is to try to encourage some to play more like that. You’ve got some kids taking these huge swings, and if they’re on a fast court they might whiff on every other ball. [Rafael] Nadal didn’t go out and start hitting balls over his head with this sort of whip-like forehand. I don’t believe anyone would be strong enough to do that at seven years old. So it remains to be seen what will transpire.

TENNIS.com: Talk about the wood racquets you were playing with.

McEnroe: When I was playing with wood, the racquet I used was 78 square inches and this Dunlop is 98 square inches, so the sweet spot’s bigger. I string a little tighter because it’s a bigger racquet. I just used gut—no polyester—which I think helps keep me healthy and prevent arm trouble.

I used to get two racquets a year. As you can imagine, they didn’t last me too long.

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Wimbledon 2011: John McEnroe on Andy Murray

The fall-out from Andy Murray's third-successive defeat in the Wimbledon semi-finals continues.

After a stunning performance in the first set against Rafael Nadal, the Briton's game imploded following a missed forehand in the second set and he went on to lose to the Spaniard for the second year in a row.
Three-time champion John McEnroe gives BBC Sport his view on what Murray can do to challenge the very best and one day end Britain's 75-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion.

"The biggest problem is that he is playing a guy better than he is."

It's difficult for Andy because one of the things I would say is 'try harder', but the problem is that he is playing against Rafael Nadal, who is a better player. When it comes down to it this guy is one of, if not the, greatest player ever now. He is certainly up there with Roger Federer.

"It is easy to say something being a back-seat driver sitting in a commentators' box."

But the truth is players themselves have a pretty good sense of where they are and I think he admitted he is 10-15% below Nadal. I don't know if he has got that upside in him to get that much better, he has already improved, but bless him if he is still willing to try to do that.

"I'm not saying in this day and age it's a bad idea to explore anything or everything."

I used sports psychologists a little bit towards the end of my career when things were too far gone to actually make a difference. I'm not saying in this day and age it's a bad idea to explore anything or everything - I didn't watch video tapes of my games and people do that a lot.
It's got to be something where it is done very subtlety, I would suspect. You can't ever predict what is going to happen on a court and sort of say, 'OK, every time I miss a ball I'm going to smile so it will take the tension away.' It doesn't work that way.

"Clearly at some stage against Nadal his negativity got in the way a bit."

He started complaining about his hip and then you hear him in the press conference afterwards where that wasn't that much of a problem, but it seemed like he was acting like it was. If you are going to beat a guy as great as Nadal in any big match at Wimbledon then you have to find a way to get that out of your mind.
I'm not saying that a sport psychologist would be the answer because I don't really know. If there were guys like that around, players would be hiring these people all the time.

"I didn't deal with mental demons very well in my career."

I smashed racquets. I would say I pretty much tried everything, but there came a time as I got older and I had kids, for example, things that I was doing before didn't seem to be quite as acceptable as after.
I didn't do a good enough job, in my opinion, dealing with that, but it's not easy to do. That is a perfect example of where it is easy to say what to do and really tough to actually know what to do, because if I had known what to do I would like to have thought that I'm an intelligent enough person to have done it.

"He has to look on the bright side."

Is time on his side? That is the question that we all have at any stage, especially as he will be 25 next year. I didn't win any majors after the age of 25. Others have got a second life - Andre Agassi won some Grand Slams after that age and I remember losing to Jimmy Connors in the 1982 Wimbledon final, and he was 29, so there is still time. He has to look on the bright side.

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John McEnroe, like Agassi, had a unique, unorthodox approach - and was consequently seen as a very gifted player. He won the US Open four times between 1979 and 1984, defeating Bjorn Borg twice, Vitas Gerulaitis and Lendl.

Whilst Agassi took the ball very early, often on the half volley, McEnroe hit many shots on the rise. It was very effective, and allowed McEnroe to generate more power from his strokes than he is probably given credit for by today's fans and pundits.

McEnroe had a great lefty serve and was also a change-up server - meaning that he used his serve either way for deception and was always looking to score aces. He also had the best volleying around, along with Stefan Edberg. When McEnroe rallied, he often did so with a purpose, always looking to get to the net to finish off points. He would not hit many baseline winners compared with some of his contemporaries.

He was the ultimate chip-and-charge merchant when it came to returning serve: he relied on his speed and athleticism to cut off passing shots with stop volleys and overheads. One interesting thing about this is that because he took the ball on the rise well inside the baseline, he sort of bunted the ball and followed it to the net. It looked unusual, but was effective - taking time away from his opponent.


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It’s often said that men’s tennis is deeper and more competitive than it has ever been. And it’s true; the sport has never been played at a higher level. But over the last five years, it hasn’t been the excellence of the ATP as a whole that’s been most impressive. It has been the dominance of the top players despite that depth. Since 2006, we’ve seen three players—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic—put together seasons that rank among the most gloriously accomplished of the Open era.

Now that the third and perhaps finest of those seasons, Djokovic’s remarkable 2011, is complete, it seems like a good time to look back at where it—as well as Federer’s and Nadal’s best years—fits among the greatest single seasons of the Open era. There’s no right answer, and that’s what makes this parlor game so much fun. Here we present our countdown of the 10 best men’s seasons since the Open era began in 1968.

No. 9: John McEnroe, 1981

In his early years, McEnroe had been tennis’ temperamental teenage artist, a magician with a racquet who was one bad call away from self-destruction. In ’81, McEnroe, 21 and reaching his prime, showed the world exactly what he could do on a tennis court. It was as surprising as it was breathtaking. The former prep-schooler from Queens lost his baby fat at the start of the season; by its end, he had conquered the seemingly unconquerable Björn Borg. McEnroe ended the Swede’s five-year run at Wimbledon, took his No. 1 ranking, and drove him from the sport by playing circles around him at the U.S. Open. McEnroe capped the year with perhaps his proudest achievement: leading the United States to a dramatic win in the Davis Cup final over Argentina. As McEnroe said after the Open, that year he felt as if he could do anything he wanted with a racquet. Few did more with one than Johnny Mac in ’81.

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It’s often said that men’s tennis is deeper and more competitive than it has ever been. And it’s true; the sport has never been played at a higher level. But over the last five years, it hasn’t been the excellence of the ATP as a whole that’s been most impressive. It has been the dominance of the top players despite that depth. Since 2006, we’ve seen three players—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic—put together seasons that rank among the most gloriously accomplished of the Open era.

Now that the third and perhaps finest of those seasons, Djokovic’s remarkable 2011, is complete, it seems like a good time to look back at where it—as well as Federer’s and Nadal’s best years—fits among the greatest single seasons of the Open era. There’s no right answer, and that’s what makes this parlor game so much fun. Here we present our countdown of the 10 best men’s seasons since the Open era began in 1968.


No. 4: John McEnroe, 1984

It took John McEnroe a couple of years to recover from the retirement of his original rival, Björn Borg—for a while, nothing else could match the excitement of their battles. But when Mac got his head straight, his life and game in order, and a new, midsize graphite racquet in his hand, he roared back with a record-setting vengeance. He won the first 42 matches he played in ’84; in the 43rd, the French Open final against Ivan Lendl, he was up two sets to love, and was up a break in the fourth set, before suffering the most painful defeat of his career. But McEnroe was simply too good that year to be brought down by one loss, even that loss. He went on to level Jimmy Connors in the Wimbledon final, in what many considered the finest performance ever seen on a tennis court, and to avenge his defeat to Lendl by straight-setting him in the U.S. Open final. Those wins aside, what sets McEnroe’s 1984 apart was his relentless consistency. His 82-3 (a 96.5 winning percentage) mark still stands as the best single-season men’s record of the Open era.

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John McEnroe says, "I think it's an incredible time" for men's professional tennis.

John McEnroe believes World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has "become as mentally tough as you possibly can be on a tennis court - certainly athletically."

Speaking at a tennis academy, in New York, on Wednesday, McEnroe said, "Djokovic has lifted his game to a point where I think his return has now maybe surpassed [Andre] Agassi. It used to be [Jimmy] Connors and Agassi. Now it's like beyond belief, what [Djokovic] can do with the return."

Djokovic captured his fifth Grand Slam championship title as he defeated No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 in five hours and 53 minutes - the longest major championship final on record - at the Australian Open on Sunday. Read Match Report

"He's much more elastic," said McEnroe. "I noticed years ago, how the flexible he was and how hard he worked on it. I thought to myself, 'This is going to pay off.' I didn't realise to what extent and advantage this would be, but it's certainly proven to be. I think it's something that has to be considered very seriously by other players, because there is lost more balls being hit with an open stance, off the back foot.

"I think his forehand is one of the biggest shots in the game, and his backhand has become better. He doesn't seem like a whole lot of things are going to go wrong."

McEnroe believes men's professional tennis is presently in a golden era, with the Top 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings - Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - all reaching the semi-finals of the past five major championships.

"I think it's an incredible time, actually," said McEnroe. I think we better enjoy it while it lasts. The shots that these guys can come up with ... is phenomenal. They've taken this baseline game to a whole new level.

"Roger is 30 now, and he's still playing pretty amazingly well. Murray played the best match I had ever seen him play even though he lost it [against Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals]. Those guys sort of get into these war of wills where they're just going to sort of break each other until one of them literally falls over."

McEnroe is scheduled to play an exhibition match with Milos Raonic, the defending SAP Open champion, against Gael Monfils and Jack Sock in San Jose on 13 February.

When asked about the next generation of young talent on the ATP World Tour, McEnroe said, "I see Bernard Tomic and I see Milos at the moment with the greatest up side. I think Ryan [Harrison] is going to be an excellent player as well, but these guys have that extra gear it appears.

"Bernard sort of plays his own game, but Milos, to me, has an incredible chance to do something really big in tennis. I feel like he's making some great progress. I think he's definitely going to have a chance to win majors if he can continue to add to his game."

McEnroe won seven Grand Slam championships during his career. The 52-year-old American clinched his 78th doubles title with Jonas Bjorkman at the SAP Open in 2006.

From 13-16 March, McEnroe will play an ATP Champions Tour event in Stockholm.


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Davis Cup Memory: USA at Ireland, 1983

By Peter Bodo - Thursday, February 9, 2012

Let me be right up front about this. This tie didn’t produce anything like John McEnroe’s six-hour and 22-minute win over Mats Wilander in fifth and decisive rubber of the U.S. vs. Sweden Davis Cup quarterfinal in 1982. Nor does it compare to Rafael Nadal-less Spain’s stunning defeat of Argentina in the 2008 final in Mar del Plata.

Still, the World Group playoff-round tie between the U.S. and non-powerhouse Ireland in 1983 represented some of the finest and most charming qualities of this century-old competition. Davis Cup takes tennis—as well as players, tour administrators and even journalists—to places they never expected to go.

It’s not that Dublin, Ireland, is such a “remote” or inconceivable location (let’s remember, the USA has also traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe, and even Tehran, Iran). It’s just that there hasn’t been a load of first-class ATP- or WTA-grade tennis played there. In fact, I’m pretty sure there’s never been a main tour event in Dublin—or anywhere else in Ireland.

This meant that nobody on the U.S. squad or the traveling group (of which I was part) really knew what they were getting into when they de-planed to take part into what was, basically, as much of an ancestral homecoming for John McEnroe as a potentially brief and shining moment for Ireland’s Davis Cup laddies.

How did this tie even come to be? Well, Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas and Jose Luis Clerc spearheaded an upset of the U.S. in the first round of play earlier that year (Vilas clinched the tie with a win over McEnroe on red clay). Meanwhile, a big fella named Matt Doyle had “tennis defected” to his Irish home (think Alex Bogomolov Jr.) and helped the, er, fighting Irish vault into the World Group, where the squad promptly lost to Italy, setting up this playoff-round meeting.

The Irish are down-to-earth folks. If there’s anything most of them can’t stand, it’s someone putting on airs. Thus, from the moment McEnroe set foot on ye olde sod, it was made clear to him by everyone that he might be John McEnroe and all, but that didn’t give him the right to act like, as the Irish like to say, “himself.”

Thus, when the U.S. contingent showed up for the draw press conference, there were no handlers, no green room, no sequestration of the delicate stars (the U.S. team also featured Eliot Teltscher and McEnroe’s doubles partner and wingman, Peter Fleming). The large room (I believe the ceremony was at the U.S. embassy) was filled with all manner of people, most of them were half—or more—in the bag, and none of them very expert about tennis.

Team captain Arthur Ashe looked on in horror as people boiled around McEnroe, treating him more like a cousin or long-lost colleague than a tennis superstar. Meanwhile, television presenters tugged him this way and that and showed no compunctions about calling him out on various issues, mostly the well-documented behavioral ones.

Ashe had his own problems, though. The Irish are a very socially-conscious people, and Ashe was subjected to an unexpected barrage of questions having to do with racism, imperialism, sexism, capitalism, or maybe all four. I honestly forget. Whatever the case, there didn’t appear to be a sportswriter (besides me) on hand.

Ashe and Co. eventually escaped, but things weren’t much better (except the eating and drinking bits—did I mention the beer?) at the official Irish-American Davis Cup brotherhood dinner. Doyle, having had a few pints, pigeonholed McEnroe to tell him how happy he was that Johnny Mac made the trip to the old country. Whereupon, McEnroe later told me, a look of utter disgust still on his face, Doyle cut loose with an enormous beer burp that almost blew the American off his feet.

If that was part of the underdog Irish squad’s strategy, it almost worked.

At the arena on the first day of the tie, it was clear that the usual protocols regarding locker rooms and privacy were not to be observed. Ashe had to put his foot down not long before the start of the match to get the dressing room in an old draughty auditorium called the Simmonscourt Pavilion cleared of hangers-on, which is when McEnroe came out of hiding from behind some corner lockers.

The first rubber featured Sean Sorensen, who’s since moved on to live in Germany, against McEnroe. I took my seat (there were no press passes or facilities). When my neighbors arrived I saw they were a couple of members of the Irish group, U2. I found myself sitting right beside Bono.

This was obviously before Bono became the Davos-attending, FoB (Friend of Bill, Clinton) and great philanthropist. In fact, he was almost unknown, and seemed very happy when I told him I’d seen U2 play in New York when they on the road supporting their first album, Boy. He was a good neighbor who clapped at all the right times and none of the wrong ones. But that was about it, as far as tennis knowledge went.

The surface in the arena was ultra-fast, which didn’t bother serving-and-volleying McEnroe one bit. He hammered Sorensen with ease. In the next match, though, the baseliner Teltscher caved under the pressure of Doyle’s massive serve and went down meekly in straights. The Irish crowd loved it.

That was it for the lads, though. McEnroe and Fleming eased through the Doyle-Sorensen doubles team, and in the first of the reverse singles, McEnroe easily subued Doyle.

By that time, I noticed, a large number of the USTA staff and volunteers who had made the trip were long gone, off to hunt up the promised discounts at various factories and boutiques producing everything from Irish lace to crystal to woolen sweaters.

Me, I took off in a rental car to knock around the Irish coast for a week or so, but that’s a whole other story.

—Peter Bodo


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82 wins, three defeats – that was the amazing record posted by John McEnroe in 1984 en route to one of the most incredible seasons ever in the Open era. And yet one of those three defeats – in the final here at Roland Garros – has become one of the greatest stories in the history of the tournament. By making it to the final, world No.1 McEnroe had racked up 42 consecutive victories, thrashing his bitter rival Jimmy Connors 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 in the semis. Then he had to face Ivan Lendl, with the Czech sitting on four Grand Slam final appearances to date, and four defeats…

For two sets, McEnroe was head and shoulders above Lendl, darting hither and thither around the court and dominating the net to take a 6-3, 6-2 lead. But then the American started to tire. The sun was shining for the first time that fortnight, and the temperature began to rise on centre court. Slowly but surely, McEnroe started to lose his rhythm and accumulate unforced errors as Lendl got back into the match, taking the third set 6-4 then the fourth 7-5. The crowd were right behind the Czech, whom Connors still refers to as "chicken", and Lendl gave the lie to that reputation as he took command of the match. Though McEnroe's accuracy was waning as the match hit the three-hour mark in the fifth, he still managed to carve out a break point at 3-3, 30-40, only to hit his passing shot into the net.

When a similar chance finally came Lendl's way, he needed no second bidding, and when McEnroe hit a forehand volley long at 5-6, the Czech finally had his first Grand Slam title. It was by no means a changing of the guard, since McEnroe would go on to dominate the rest of the season, but it proved that Lendl had the stuff of champions and would go down in history for the titles he won as opposed to those he lost. McEnroe meanwhile went on to win at Wimbledon and the US Open, but Paris continued to elude him.


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John McEnroe was shown to be absolutely right after Roger Federer drew level with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles by winning The Championships at the All England Club.

McEnroe, who won three Wimbledon titles and recently announced that he will return to play in the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in December, said that the grass of SW19 was Federer’s best chance of adding to his record haul of 16 Grand Slam titles. Federer proved the American right by defeating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Andy Murray in the final

“I'm picking him (Federer) to win this year at Wimbledon,” McEnroe had said in a conference call to launch ESPN’s coverage of The Championships.

“Even though it looks like the gap has grown between the other two (Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) and him, to me Wimbledon is Federer’s best chance to win another major. He seems to still want it as much as he ever has. He’s a lot better athlete than he's given credit for. His movement has allowed him to remain incredibly healthy for the most part - I think this is going to be his 52nd straight major. He's been to 32 straight quarters or better. His record speaks for itself. I think he's got a great chance this year. Certainly at Wimbledon he has a shot the next couple years to me.”


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