John McEnroe: 'I could never imagine that in Wimbledon players could play from the baseline'


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John McEnroe: 'I could never imagine that in Wimbledon players could play from the baseline'

John McEnroe agrees with the fact that in the last few decades tennis has changed and the level has gone up even more. According to the American, players have evolved and have managed to win on several surfaces differently than in the past.

'I could never think that you could see players in Wimbledon, who are able to serve and yet remain at the baseline instead of going to the net. For me it's crazy. The way they play is very different than what we did with wooden rackets.

Now you use lighter materials and you can hit even strongly and you also train with more intensity,' said McEnroe in an interview to Mundo Deportivo. Is it possible to hate your opponent? McEnroe believes so. 'It's a motivation.

Out of the court we all say we are best fiends, but on it you want to win. It depends on the personality you have.' Lastly, when asked about talent, McEnroe replied, 'Talent is a combination of things. Being able to do something naturally that you don't imagine of doing.

You cannot buy talent. It means being able to cover all the court without moving or making people feel you have done it. A big part is mental, and if you travel constantly, you have to be able to handle all issues: different conditions and opponents who are even more complicated to beat.

There is always a mental challenge. I think all the professional players are talented, someone is better mentally, others are better physically. Best players are good in both things. You cannot be a professional if you are not talented or work even harder always.' ALSO READ: Toni Nadal to be Christian Garin's new consultant