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Tennis : you can't be Serious! - John McEnroe is 60

What used to be wrong, in the life of the John McEnroe for many years. His bad Behavior was not bear on the court sometimes, and today he is still a welcome guest at legends Matches. To have active periods of the former world ranking used-First is often a muzzle, these days, to be appreciated for his sharp-tongued TV comments and cheeky Interviews, still - even if not all of them. On Saturday, the in Wiesbaden, Germany, to the world come, Americans will be 60 years old.

In Germany, where the soldier's son was just a few months, the New Yorker, mainly because of a Match in memory. On the Morning of the 25. In July 1987, many people were talking about how they had followed the game by McEnroe against Boris Becker, if you were at all remained to the end awake. And who had kept up until Saturday morning, was raving about the Breakfast, as Becker had his rivals in the Davis Cup relegation game for the 2:0 lead wrestled to the ground. "A great game that is a long talk," said the former ARD commentator Volker Kottkamp at the end of the six and a half hour broadcast of the Matches from the far Hartford in the U.S. state of Connecticut.

a self-irony, it's not a lack of it

At the Australian Open a few weeks ago, the Hobby-musician McEnroe and the current men's Tennis-in-chief and TV sat together commentator Becker with some other old Davis Cup hero. McEnroe played guitar, and all together sang the Bob Dylan classic "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" a repudiation of the reformed Davis Cup.

a good Dose of self-irony, it is no longer a lack of the former world ranked First in any case, nowadays, the professionals give back at the talks on the court sometimes cheeky responses. As the Frenchman Lucas Pouille, the McEnroe after his first semi-final at a Grand Slam tournament asked whether this was now the most beautiful Moment of his life. "Yes - and good that You're here," said Pouille.

handshake. Boris Becker (r) and John McEnroe will give up after their Match at the Civic Center for the hands. Their duel went as one of dpa

to Intimidate the Stars, not more. Rafael Nadal refused politely to take off her clothes and to show the Fans his toned body. Far McEnroe was one of his issues have always been fond of, so he wanted to know once by Argentina's David Nalbandian, why is he sweating so strong and brought Nalbandian in front of the audience in embarrassment.

A certain amount of self-love and the undiminished urge on the big stage is probably to this day. "He is always on the microphone and always will say something," said Roger Federer in Melbourne, as McEnroe after his against the Greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas of a changing of the guard spoke. "I love John. I hear this story for the past ten years. Seen in this way, nothing New," said the 37-year-old Federer.

The "can not be Serious"

As a player, it is the winner of seven Grand Slam titles, often too far. At the Australian Open, he was disqualified in 1990, because of his constant Schimpferei. The eternal discussions with the referees and line judges at Wimbledon to the deaf the end of the chalk, balls in or Out could be annoying. The saying, "it may. not be Serious" ("You cannot be serious"), McEnroes brand characters and the title of his autobiography 72 title he won in the double, to 77 in the individual. In 1984, he lost only three of the 85 Individually, including Sand, almost the French Open final against Ivan Lendl.

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