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“Have to a bit of a lunatic” Showtime announces new series diving deep into the personal life of the legend and original tennis bad boy John McEnroe

John McEnroe's tantrums matched his tennis as Showtime explores John McEnroe's personal journey through the years in a documentary.

John McEnroe

John McEnroe is a former world number 1 and 7-time Grand Slam Champion. McEnroe is among the greatest tennis players of all time. He has won 77 singles titles and 78 titles in Doubles. He also has 9 Grand Slams in doubles. McEnroe has been quite a bad body in his career being part of numerous on-court confrontations, racquet abuse, and trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.

McEnroe is the only tennis player to have more than 70 titles in both singles and doubles. He has been the top-ranked player on 14 separate occasions between 1980 and 1985 and finished the year ranked No. 1 for four straight years from 1981 through 1984. McEnroe is one of the pioneers of American tennis and he was also very popular due to his behavior and attitude on the court. Everyone knew who John McEnroe was, some due to his amazing tennis skills while others due to his outburst.

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John McEnroe’s documentary will take us through the legend’s personal life.

John McEnroe

SHOWTIME, the American TV company is bringing the life of John McEnroe to the big screen as the network is scheduled to release on 2nd September. The documentary takes a journey through McEnroe’s tennis career, his personal life and an older McEnroe also talks us through what the younger John was feeling and doing at the time.

McEnroe’s on-court behavior led to him being defaulted from the Australian Open in 1990 after getting three code violations. He got code violations for unsportsmanlike conduct, intimidating the lineswoman, the second one for racquet abuse, and the third violation for abusing the umpire and was hence defaulted in the fourth round match where he was leading 2-1.

McEnroe has also been referenced in pop culture and advertisements for his temper and signature words, “You cannot be serious”. McEnroe’s outburst for him was his way of enjoying the game and trying to win the match. He said, “I didn’t want to be good, I wanted everyone to clap for me.”

McEnroe has now turned into a very sensible tennis commentator, but his journey from the beginning to his personal life will be depicted in Showtime’s upcoming up close and a personal documentary of John.

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