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John McEnroe has criticised Tim Henman for being too boring.

The three-time Wimbledon champion said Henman was the "classic example" of modern players, who were "robots" lacking personality.

"Henman should get with the fans. They are rooting for him! Respond to them, harness their energy, love them back!" McEnroe told the Radio Times.

"If he could do that, Henman could win on grass. Call it acting, but it would energise the game."

McEnroe, one of the all-time greats, became infamous during his career for his outbursts during games.

"A lot of the players are Darth Vader types to me. OK, so they're great athletes. But where's the passion, the feeling?" he added.

"It seems to me that even if you, the audience, really dislike the guy on the court, it's better to feel that than to feel nothing. They walk around in a bubble that's all professional sport and no life.

"We need more daring attempts to entertain. The players don't seem happy to be out there."

McEnroe won three men's singles titles at Wimbledon and also won the US Open three years in a row during the 1980s.

He continued: "These kids have to do all these tournaments, show up on the circuit, because that's business, but then they can't get into the big ones that we really care about.

"They walk around with their heads down. If they're 15 in the world, they're miserable because all they can think about is the 14 people better than them.

"They walk around in a bubble that's all professional sport and no life. We need to work out a way of promoting them, or the game will go down.

"They need to be accessible to their fans. Who wants to watch robots all day?"

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Yes, I agree. Henman needs to smash a few rackets, fake a cramp, or pull his pants down. Athletes are also entertainers.

Thanks for providing more publicity for Wimby and Henman, Johnny Mac.

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Re: McEnroe: "Henman in boring!"

I absolutely-totally agree.. LOL maybe he is kind of tough how he said it... but MAN that guy is soooooooooooo boring and cold... I can fall asleep when watch him playing...

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Re: McEnroe: "Henman in boring!"

Oh, tsk, tsk, Johnny Mac is off his meds again . . .
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I agree with what he's saying. I happen to like Tim but most of my faves are my faves b/c they draw me in with their emotions on court.

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He's always saying this about Henman. Just because John's personality is "out there" doesn't mean to say everyone else's has to be too. I think it would be really wrong for Tim to be like that, it's just not him. Henman seems to be playing so much better now, and part of this is due to him being more stable and less emotional on court.

The last thing we need is more McEnroe antics in tennis. I love his talent, and his commentating is enlightening and amusing, but his temper was the pits.
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I think McEnroe is very tough this comment, Its the way Tim plays... and that`s all, that`s his personality... he focus sooo much in his game... I prefer guys like RODDICK OR CORIA OR GUGA... THEY LEAVE ALL IN THE COURT... AND YOU CAN SEE IT!

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I agree with jtipson....... although it would be completely hilarious to see Henman suddenly start swearing repeatedly at chair umpires, smashing his way through several racquets and screaming violent words of wisdom at his home crowd.
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Re: McEnroe: "Henman in boring!"

I took his point as if Tim would let the crowd pump him up instead of add pressure, he might break through his problems at Wimby. I didn't take it that he was suggesting Tim throw temper tantrums.

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Very harsh words by McEnroe and total rubbish if you ask me! Henman's style of serve volleying tennis is very exciting! He certainly wowed us during the clay court season!
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i can agree, but mcenroe had THAT kind of personality, henamn is quiet and plays a modern game, but look how far he has gone!

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No, I'm sure you're right that Mac wasn't suggesting he explode on Centre Court

But I do think Tim has allowed himself to be affected by the crowd in the past, and whilst that can help, it can also do a lot of damage. It has contributed to some of his defeats in the past, especially at Wimbledon IMO. Federer is similar, if he doesn't have his emotions under control, he has a real problem in his matches.
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Well said jtipson.
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Oh yes, he needs to love the fans back and then he can win on grass.

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Re: McEnroe: "Henman in boring!"

mcenroe himself even called henman an entertainer at wimbledon 2 years ago when he played ferreira, but yes tim can use the crowd alot more (by making 10 of them line up at net when hewitt is passing tim all day long)
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Oh yes, he needs to love the fans back and then he can win on grass.
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