John McEnroe: "Grand Slam titles are not a popularity contest"



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John McEnroe: "Grand Slam titles are not a popularity contest"

Undisputed world number one this season, Novak Djokovic is already sure to take part in the ATP Finals in Turin. In second place in the Race to Turin is currently Stefanos Tsitsipas, finalist at Roland Garros, while the next step is occupied by Italian Matteo Berrettini, winner of the Queen's.

"Grand Slam titles are not a popularity contest," said John McEnroe, as published by Punto de Break. The American added: "Being that person that everyone loves, that everyone wants to see winning, doesn't give you the victory.

He comes from the supreme talent, multiplied by hard work, multiplied to infinity. Hard work on every little thing: play, body, nutrition, mind. This is not a popularity contest. You can't fail to respect a guy with twenty major trophies, who have each won Slams at least twice.

When your time is up, will you be judged by the number of followers you have? Will you be judged by the number of fans wearing your t-shirts and screaming your name? Absolutely not. You will be judged by what you have achieved in this sport.

And you know what? In time, fans may even end up loving you." John McEnroe, now a TV commentator, has won the Wimbledon tournament three times: in 1981, 1983 and 1984: his opponents in the final were Bjorn Borg, Chris Lewis and bitter rival Jimmy Connors.

Thanks to the successes obtained against Jack Draper, Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Cristian Garin, Marton Fucsovics, Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, the number one ATP Novak Djokovic has won for the sixth time in his career the Wimbledon trophy and the twentieth seal of a Major tournament, equaling the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Now, Nole only needs the triumph of the US Open to complete the Grand Slam, a feat he hasn't been able to do since 1969. We hae to recall that Rafael Nadal will come back for the ATP in Washington, while Roger Federer will not play Tokyo Olympics.