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"Look, you can't be serious, man! You cannot be serious!"
—The Championships, Wimbledon, 1981

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. (born February 16, 1959) is an American former Tennis player who has 77 singles and 78 doubles titles on the ATP Tour (the top combined total for men in the Open Eranote ), including seven titles in Grand Slam singles events. He's also the only male player ever to have been No. 1 in singles and doubles at the same time, and was year-end No. 1 in both for three straight years (1981–83), a record for men or women.note  McEnroe still frequently competes in seniors events, and to the current generation may be best known as a TV commentator who's often creepily accurate in his predictions.

He is well known for his outbursts on the tennis court during the game, one of which got him ejected from the 1990 Australian Open.

He was married to Tatum O'Neal, currently married to Patty Smyth (formerly of Scandal), and has five children, three with O'Neal and two with Smyth. Incidentally, he has a tennis-playing brother Patrick, whom he occasionally teamed with in doubles and is also a TV tennis commentator.

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Advertising appearances (as himself)

  • 1980s (year uncertain): Promoted the UK beverage R. White's Lemonade.note 
  • 2005: A PETA ad promoting spaying and neutering of pets, in which he launched into a tirade when challenged over his decision to have his dog fixed.
  • 2006: An ad for National Car Rental, referencing his most (in)famous phrase by saying "Any Car? You cannot be serious!"
  • 2007: Promoted Telstra in Australia.
  • 2013: Several commercials for the UK gadget insurance company Protect Your Bubble, in which he emulated his notorious on-court outbursts.
  • 2021:
    • An ad for DirecTV, in which he's one of several mall patrons hit by tennis balls fired by machines, with fellow tennis great Serena Williams playing Wonder Woman trying to protect the patrons. McEnroe responds to being hit with—what else?—"You cannot be serious!"
    • The self-help subscription service Calm features a sleep story narrated by McEnroe, "Seriously, The Rules of Tennis". It features him describing the rules of tennis (much of the "story" is lifted verbatim from the Wikipedia article for tennis).


  • 2014: Appeared as a guest guitarist on at least one track of Stockholm, the debut solo album of Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde.

Depictions in media

  • 1982: At the height of his career, British comedians Roger Kitter and Kaplan Kaye teamed up under the name "The Brat" and recorded the single "Chalk Dust – The Umpire Strikes Back", depicting a confrontation between McEnroe (Kitter) and a chair umpire (Kaye). It reached the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • 2017: Borg vs McEnroe (played by Shia LaBeouf)