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Twenty Top Tennis Quotes from the Great Open Players -John McEnroe

Updated on June 24, 2012

John McEnroe

John McEnroe,the great American tennis player, has won both Wimbledon and the US Open, in all he has won seven grand slam titles. His most famous quote "you cannot be serious" was heard many times during his verbal sparring with the umpires.

Nowadays he can be found commentating on tennis, and not surprisingly he has always had plenty to say on and off the court!

Top Twenty Quotes

I don't want to sound paranoid but that machine knows who I am. On the Cyclops electronic line judge, US Open 1989.

I would say later on in my career, after having kids, it became peculiar to me and less pleasant when I was going into some of my outbursts and I did feel more like, I guess like a cigarette smoker, addicted to it, not quite sure or wishing I wasn't doing it but still doing it.

Did you win a lottery to be a linesman. On a disputed call.

Being a celebrity is like being raped.You can't do anything about it.

I think when you've got men and women playing at the same tournament, it is ludicrous to have a difference in pay.

I would not like to be an umpire for me that's for sure.

If I see something that's wrong I just have to say so.You could say i have a temper I'm Irish you know.

You cannot be serious!

I want to be remembered as a great player, but I guess it will be as a player who got angry on a tennis court.

He ( Roger Federer) is the greatest natural talent in tennis I've ever seen. I love to watch the guy play, he's an awesome talent.

I had a similar year back in 1984 when I felt like I couldn't lose.

I'd like to think I could have and should have won more, but that's not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s - the type of tennis people hadn't seen before - and I was very proud of that.

People get very nervous when they officiate me.Anyone who doesn't think so is an absolute jerk.I'm partly to blame, but they are like, jumping out of their pants half the time.

If I had one wish it would be that I enjoyed it more at the time.

My greatest strength is that I have no weakness.

If, in a few months, I'm only number 8 or number 10 in the world, I'll have to look at what off-the-court work I can do. I will need to do something if I want to be number 1.

The fact is everyone has their time, then you don't have it any more.

I guess I'm not the same any more....I feel different since I got my picture in the papers.....Like I'll be driving and some guy cuts me off, I think who is this guy cutting me off?When did he get his picture in the papers? It's like I'm not a nobody anymore.

So many times the crowd never understand what I am trying to say and just never give me a chance. I have the perfect right to point out to the umpire he has made an error.

Do you have any problems, other than that you're unemployed, a moron, and a dork?

I'll let the racket do the talking.


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    • MelChi profile image

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This man is a legend, very - very entertaining on court. Thanks for sharing some of his famous words! :)

    • ronaldoh profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      True,very angry and also very talented.

    • abidareacode profile image


      8 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

      I remember this man as a an angry man of Tennis court.


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