Q&A John Mcenroe

June 24, 2002
June 24, 2002

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June 24, 2002

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Q&A John Mcenroe

With his autobiography, "You Cannot Be Serious," hitting stores,
we rallied with the former enfant terrible of tennis.

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SI: Why write a memoir?

McEnroe: I thought if I looked back and evaluated my life, it
would help me in the future. That sounded like a decent excuse.

SI: A Toronto Sun critic said of your book, "Trees died for
this?" What's your response?

McEnroe: That doesn't sound like a positive review.

SI: Say we made you commissioner of tennis. What are the first
two things you'd do?

McEnroe: Go back to wood rackets and cut the men's schedule. I'd
also prefer for the serve not to be so dominating, so I'd move
the service line in.

SI: You're an avid guitarist. Would you rather be a member of
KISS or the All-England Club?

McEnroe: I'll go with KISS, although I'm getting along better
with the All-England Club these days.

SI: Would you rather be loved or feared?

McEnroe: I would rather be loved and feared.

SI: You wrote in your book that you were high the first time you
and [ex-wife] Tatum O'Neal made love. Were you high when you
agreed to host The Chair for ABC?

McEnroe: Scarily enough, I was straight. I've been straight for a
long time.

SI: As a rule, should athletes marry movie stars?

McEnroe: Based on experience, I'd say it's not the best plan.
But I do have three beautiful kids to show for it.

SI: Eric Clapton once gave you guitar lessons. Is it true
Clapton is God?

McEnroe: He's as close as you can get, although Nelson Mandela
would give him a run for his money.

SI: Who wins a match between you and Jimmy Connors in the year

McEnroe: [laughs] Let's hope we're both still around.

SI: Are you generally happy or unhappy?

McEnroe: I'm generally happy, although my kids and wife may
sometimes argue with that.

SI: Why do most ex-players suck as tennis commentators?

McEnroe: Because they take themselves too seriously.

SI: Give me your best insult as we end this interview.

McEnroe: You cannot be serious with these questions!

--Richard Deitsch