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McEnroe Meltdown in Memphis
OCTOBER 5, 2006 - 11:43 PM

John McEnroe, one of the greatest tennis players in history, had an on-court meltdown in Memphis that nearly cost him an eye.

Playing Wayne Ferriera in the Stanford Championships, a seniors event at the Racquet Club, McEnroe bent over and smashed a ball on the court in anger during the tiebreaker after the players had split the first two sets. The ball bounced up and hit McEnroe in the face, either on or near his eye. He remained bent over for about a minute holding his eye as the crowd hushed and Ferriera walked around to McEnroe’s side of the court to see if he was all right.

McEnroe resumed play but lost his temper a few moments later in the middle of the tiebreaker. He berated a linesman over a call, then turned his anger on the chair umpire, yelling “shut up” at him. The umpire promptly penalized McEnroe a point, which caused McEnroe to continue abusing the official as he walked to the side of the court. McEnroe sat down in a chair and put his racquet in his bag. It appeared as if he was going to quit, but a tournament official walked over to talk to him for several minutes and play eventually resumed.

McEnroe lost the match, refused to shake the umpire’s hand, and left the court. He is scheduled to play at least two more times in the round-robin tournament which features former touring pros over 35. The event mixes socializing with competition, and most of the other seven players generally smiled and joked with the crowd during play. McEnroe, however, was all business from start to finish, showing flashes of the brilliance that made him the number-one player in the world for part of the 1980s.

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HE TOTALLY DESERVED IT!! I just wish it had happened in his prime during a us open final. What an idiot.

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Isn't he too old for this stuff?
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HE TOTALLY DESERVED IT!! I just wish it had happened in his prime during a us open final. What an idiot.
McEnroe is an egotistical wanker & always will be ........however he did make good TV viewing~~simply because nobody could believe that an elite athlete could be such a dickhead
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I wish I could find a picture....he looks like a total dork with the Nadal style pirate pants and white socks pulled halfway up his skinny legs.

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I wish I could find a picture....he looks like a total dork with the Nadal style pirate pants and white socks pulled halfway up his skinny legs.

And the worst thing is he critisizes him all the time. I bet he was mocking him the day he wore them...

McEnroe is an egotistical wanker & always will be ........however he did make good TV viewing~~simply because nobody could believe that an elite athlete could be such a dickhead

Everyone knows hes a dickhead. Some people just like to make excuses for his behavior.

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There is no senior's event that McEnroe plays where he doesn't behave somewhat like this. The crowd expects it, the tournament officials expect it, everyone expects it. I think many of these people would feel as if they were ripped off if JMAC didn't go on some type of tirade.

Some of it may be real, but when you know everyone expects JMAC to do this, one wonders how MUCH of it is real emotion.
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There is no senior's event that McEnroe plays where he doesn't behave somewhat like this. The crowd expects it, the tournament officials expect it, everyone expects it. I think many of these people would feel as if they were ripped off if JMAC didn't go on some type of tirade.

Some of it may be real, but when you know everyone expects JMAC to do this, one wonders how MUCH of it is real emotion.
Exactly...Because people expect it, so he over does it to bring attention to himself. Just spoilt kids find their way of getting things.

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There is no senior's event that McEnroe plays where he doesn't behave somewhat like this. The crowd expects it, the tournament officials expect it, everyone expects it. I think many of these people would feel as if they were ripped off if JMAC didn't go on some type of tirade.

Some of it may be real, but when you know everyone expects JMAC to do this, one wonders how MUCH of it is real emotion.
Agree..

but it did sound this time like he really went in a huff because he smacked himself in the eye.... felt a bit i bet and wanted outta there fast

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Isn't he too old for this stuff?
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Scripted better than pro wrestling.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Scripted better than pro wrestling.
Or maybe the almost eye damage made him improvise I just have never enjoyed this guy.
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All round the world umpires will be bidding for the tennis ball.

The current greatness league of active players in order of achievements to date (a factual comparison rather than fan biased assessment):

Federer 17 GS, 6 Year End Masters, 24 Master Series.
Nadal 14 GS, 27 Master Series, 1 Olympic Gold.
Djokovic 9 GS, 4 Year End Masters, 24 Master Series.


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And the worst thing is he critisizes him all the time. I bet he was mocking him the day he wore them...
I don't agree with you there. In fact- JMac is a pretty big Nadal fan. He can praise him quite a bit when he is commentating on his matches and has called him a "good kid" on several occasions after matches. He also gave him props on David Letterman before the USO. He also mentioned that he would like to play doubles with Nadal or Murray some other time.

I imagine when JMac is 95 and playing in a retirement community he will still be throwing tantrums - knocking over the cooler filled with Ensure, etc.

I do agree that some if this is for show. The crowd expects it.

I like a lot of players.

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