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But Seriously by John McEnroe

But Seriously

by John McEnroe

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John McEnroe is the former tennis player turned commentator that everyone either loves or hates. The "bad boy" from New York famous for meltdowns on the court about bad line calls and statements such as "You cannot be serious!" that have entered sports lore writes about what he's been doing the last fifteen or so years, since his first memoir (You Cannot Be Serious) came out.

Love him or hate him, McEnroe is honest and will tell you exactly what he thinks. I really enjoyed his 2002 memoir and while I was too young to appreciate his tennis career, I've enjoyed him (especially alongside brother Patrick) as a sports commentator. Basically this book follows his interests, whether it be art, renewed rivalries on the seniors tour, commentating the big matches, dealing with his kids' struggles being the child of someone famous, or his passion for passing on tennis to a new generation in a loosely chronological way. He opens the book with an introduction and a section written by his wife, Patty Smyth, to "set the record straight" on how they met, fell in love and married. He warns you there will be name dropping, and there is, but mostly it's just a fascinating look at the world of a world class athlete. I spent some fun hours entering it, and would recommend it to any tennis fan. ( )
  bell7 | Oct 3, 2017 |
I enjoy John McEnroe the senior tennis player, tennis commentator and author. McEnroe is not the type to pull punches – – he generally speaks his mind and often catches criticism for it. I was interested and entertained by his recollections and views of various test players including Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and the Williams sisters. McEnroe also shares his experiences with people outside the tennis world including Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, the Rolling Stones, Jack Nicholson and many more.

The most interesting story in the book had nothing to do with sports but with an art swindle that McEnroe and some others got caught up in. This is not just a tennis or sports book – – McEnroe's world includes music, art, entertainment and politics.

I had been looking forward to this book for about a year and bought it eagerly. I was not disappointed. ( )
  writemoves | Jul 16, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316324892, Hardcover)

John McEnroe's long-awaited follow-up to his #1 bestseller

He is one of the most controversial and beloved athletes in history, a tennis legend and a volcanic, mesmerizing presence. But after reaching the top of his game - what came next? Fifteen years after his international number-one bestseller You Cannot Be Serious, John McEnroe is back and ready to talk.

Now the undisputed elder statesman of tennis, McEnroe has won over his critics as a brilliant commentator at the US Open, Wimbledon, and other Grand Slam tournaments - with outspoken views on the modern game, its top players, and the world of 21st century sport and celebrity. Who are the game's winners and losers? What's it like playing guitar onstage with the Rolling Stones, hitting balls with today's greats, confronting his former on-court nemeses, getting scammed by an international art dealer, and raising a big family while balancing McEnroe-sized expectations?

In But Seriously, John McEnroe confronts his demons and reveals his struggle to reinvent himself from champion and tennis legend to father, broadcaster, and author. The result is a richly personal account, blending anecdote and reflection with razor sharp and brutally honest opinions, all in McEnroe's signature style. This is the sports book of the year: wildly entertaining, very funny, surprisingly touching, and 100% McEnroe.

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The controversial tennis star and analyst presents a follow-up to "You Cannot Be Serious" that shares additional insights into his life and career while chronicling the past decade of Tour of Champions competitions and special events.

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