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It was a time when John McEnroe vied each year for the Wimbledon title – but his activities away from the championships would have shocked his fans.

The former tennis world No 1 would relax between matches by smoking marijuana with his pop-star friend Chrissie Hynde, she has claimed.

Pretenders singer Hynde said: ‘Way back in the days when he was doing Wimbledon, he would always call me because he knew I had pot. He used to come around and hang out.’

McEnroe first competed at Wimbledon in 1977 aged 18, when he got to the semi-final, and won the tournament in 1981, 1983 and 1984. Miss Hyde’s band found success in the same period, topping the charts with their single Brass In Pocket in 1979.

While Miss Hynde’s memories will surprise fans of McEnroe, who know him only from his more sober image nowadays as a BBC commentator, he was once the ‘bad boy’ of tennis, notorious for his on-court confrontations with umpires.

He is an able guitarist and he and Miss Hynde remain good friends. McEnroe has appeared on stage with The Pretenders numerous times and he plays on her recent solo album, Stockholm.

In an interview with NPR, a US radio station, Miss Hynde, 62, said she tried to encourage McEnroe to quit tennis because he has ‘such personality’ when he plays the guitar.

She said: ‘That’s what it’s all about with rock ‘n’ roll, individual personalities, not if it’s good or bad.’

McEnroe has admitted using drugs during his marriage to former actress Tatum O’Neal, with whom he had three children before divorcing in 1994.

In her memoirs, Miss O’Neal said McEnroe ‘kept drugs around for hospitality. . . like having a wine cellar’.

Last month their son Kevin, 27, was charged after police saw him allegedly buying cocaine and prescription pills in New York.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2714457/I-got-high-pot-John-McEnroe-Wimbledon-declares-Chrissie-Hynde.html


Groove clearly made a mistake by quitting.
 

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He's obviously been hitting the pipe again with his recent extreme Nadulltardism :facepalm:
 

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In her memoirs, Miss O’Neal said McEnroe ‘kept drugs around for hospitality. . . like having a wine cellar’.
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He mentioned his weed smoking in passing in his book You Cannot Be Serious, but I didn't know it went this deep and he blazed during the tournament and won the tournament!

Epic stuff
 

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can't wait for the mallorcan's stories once he is jmac's age.
 

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It appears that the overdose of marijuana in 2013 caused unrecoverable brain damage.
 

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Nadal has the best volley. :smoke:
It would certainly go a long way to explaining his dumb comments about Nadal's volley and Kyrigos's backhand.
 

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my god :unsure:
 

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He mentioned his weed smoking in passing in his book You Cannot Be Serious, but I didn't know it went this deep and he blazed during the tournament and won the tournament!

Epic stuff
Mac also admitted to cocaine use in his book. Marrying Tatum and "going Hollywood" ruined the career of the best American player ever.

After the cocaine use the reflexes were shot. Before that time, Mac could volley Lendl forehand drives with no problem. After the drugs, John would flinch whenever he was at net facing a Lendl forehand.

The clean McEnroe was a monster. The drugged McEnroe never won a slam.
 

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I sometimes spark up before playing and I have to tell you playing on pot is really fun. It also makes the ball appear to come at you slower and you can hit with pinpoint accuracy. ?
 

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This thread shows, how foolish are fed fans.
Why they bring Nadal into a thread that talks about John's.
No wonder why they are called as Fedtards.
The fact that Nadal has better volleying skills is in full display whenever he plays.
Denying that fact indicates federer fans are the foolish fans on earth.

Live in your dreams ...where your clown plays boring games and boring shots.

Hope this clown retires soon and saves Tennis.
 
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