John McEnroe Quotes

"I guess there`s a little part of me that`s like, `Wouldn`t it have been nice if I`d received that adulation?` Well, I`m not as nice a guy as Wayne Gretzky" - on the hoopla surrounding Gretzky`s retirement in 1999.

I`ve never retired. That`s one thing I`ve never done. To this day, I`ve never announced my retirement.

You cannot be serious! That ball was on the line.

The older I get, the better I used to be.

If Roger stopped right now and never won another match, to me he`d already be one of the greatest players to ever play the game. To me, he`s the greatest all around talent that I`ve ever seen.

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.

I think the players, I put in the book for example that we should go back to wood rackets, probably they laughed at me, I`m a dinosaur, but I think that you see these great players, have even more variety and you see more strategy, there`d be more subtlety.

I had a similar year back in 1984 when I felt like I couldn`t lose.

I`d like to think I could have and should have won more, but that`s not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s - the type of tennis people hadn`t seen before - and I was very proud of that.

There`s more shot-making, there`s less of an ability before there was more shot-making because I think that guys didn`t hit the ball as hard.

When I had Roddick on the Davis Cup team as a practice player, you could tell right away the guy was going to be a top 10, top 5 player.

Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.

It means a lot to be back in New York. Particularly since one of the last senior event scheduled in the States was supposed to be here in New York. We were supposed to play in Central Park right after 9-11 and when 9-11 happened obviously things changed.

Do you have any problems, other than that you`re unemployed, a moron, and a dork?

Let`s put it this way: I was proud of the effort I put into the book and of the success it had, but I`m in no hurry to do another book.

I haven`t seen a professional player come out of New York in over 20 years since my brother Patrick came out. Blake spent a few years in Harlem, but he moved to Connecticut when he was a kid.

Well I think that`s probably one of a few, where I grew up in the City of New York, it`s got a lot of energy, my parents are Irish-American so there was a bit of yelling going on in my house but it seemed normal.

But these guys learn so fast now, they sort of soak up the information, they`re fearless. Those are the guys who learn from their mistakes and come back strong the next time.

This taught me a lesson, but I`m not quite sure what it is.

To be involved in a senior tournament back in the States is very satisfying.

I think it`s the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.

There`s something deeply satisfying when it succeeds, but I`m not going to do another book just to put my name on something and make some money if it`s not something I deeply care about.

I`ll let the racket do the talking.

I believe there`s only one autobiography you can do.

Because in order to be successful with someone you`ve got to spend time with that person. You can`t sort of just show up one week a year.

If, in a few months, I`m only number 8 or number 10 in the world, I`ll have to look at what off-the-court work I can do. I will need to do something if I want to be number 1.

I believe, for example, there should be senior singles events at the majors. That`s something you`ve got to go around to work to be supportive.

This taught me a lesson, but I`m not sure what it is.

Things slow down, the ball seems a lot bigger and you feel like you have more time. Everything computes - you have options, but you always take the right one.

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what`s best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you`re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.

We should reach out to people to try to go after the fans the way other sports do. Because we can`t just depend on the fact that it is a great game.

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