John McEnroe will always be remembered also for his strong personality. The seven-time Grand Slam singles winner often argued with umpires and opponents, which is very different than the top players we see today, for example, Roger Federer.
In a recent interview too, McEnroe admitted he would have "managed" his success differently, without being influenced by the pressure. 'The part I didn’t enjoy was that you’re always looking over your shoulder.
So you never relax much. You’re always, like, who’s next?', McEnroe told FT. McEnroe also had a great game. He described it in an Interesting way: 'It’s not like I’m someone that walks in and they go, ‘Oh, my God, this guy — look at all his muscles.
I looked at the tennis court almost like a geometry equation — you have to solve it.' The 58-year-old earned $12 million career prize money, and playing exhibition events on the Champions Tour, he still gets some heavy appearance fees.
But it's the love for the game that pushes him to keep performing in front of a big crowd: 'I actually sort of almost enjoy the whole process. But I’ll tell you when I [will] really know when I love tennis — when they don’t pay me to play.
Then we’ll find out if I love it, and I hope that never happens, by the way. But that’s reality.' ALSO READ: John McEnroe, Cash, Courier on Federer, Nadal, Djokovic's games' subtleties