John McEnroe Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Awards, and Net Worth

John McEnroe Biography

John McEnroe born John Patrick McEnroe Jr. is an American retired tennis player. He is regarded as one of the greatest in the history of professional tennis; known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills at the tennis court.

Patrick was also known for frequently landing in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities for his confrontational on-court behavior. During his career, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles, four at the US Open and three at Wimbledon, and added nine men’s Grand Slam doubles titles. He was named the ATP Player of the Year and the ITF World Champion three times each: 1981, 1983, and 1984.

John McEnroe Family | Parents

He was born to American parents namely Mr. John Patrick McEnroe Sr. and his wife Mrs.Kay. His father, John Sr, was a son of Irish immigrants. McEnroe’s Irish paternal grandfather was from Ballyjamesduff in County Cavan and his maternal grandmother was from County Westmeath. In 1960, the family moved to the New York City area, where McEnroe’s father worked daytime as an advertising agent while attending Fordham Law School by night.


He has two younger brothers: Mark who was born in 1964; and Patrick; a former professional tennis player born in 1966.

John McEnroe
John McEnroe

John McEnroe Young

The family relocated to the Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, New York when he was about nine months old, as his father was transferred back to the US. In 1961, they moved to Flushing, Queens, moving to Douglaston in 1963.

McEnroe was raised up in Douglaston, Queens, New York City. He took interest in tennis and started playing when he was eight, at the nearby Douglaston Club. When he was nine, his parents enrolled him in the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, and he soon started playing regional tournaments. He then began competing in national juniors tournaments, and at twelve—when he was ranked seventh in his age group—he joined the Port Washington Tennis Academy, Long Island, New York. 

John McEnroe Tennis Academy

In 2010, he founded the John McEnroe Tennis Academy; an $18 million tennis complex situated on Randall’s Island in New York City. He launched the Academy in collaboration with Claude Okin, managing partner of Sportime New York. McEnroe’s teaching philosophy emphasizes short intense periods of tennis training balanced by plenty of time pursuing other sports and activities.

Some of the alumni include Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb. Through various channels, including community outreach, the Academy works to recruit the most talented and the most highly motivated young athletes in the New York City Metropolitan area, and beyond.

John McEnroe The Johny Smyth Band

After his retirement from tennis; McEnroe began pursuing his dream as a musician. He learned how to play the guitar with the help of his close pals like Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Allen and went on to establish a music group called The Johny Smyth Band, of which he was the lead singer and guitarist. He began writing his own songs and was invited to perform at some notable events. His band embarked on a tour for about two years before he ended it in 1997, just before completing his album.

John McEnroe Quotes

“Everybody loves success but hates successful people.”

“I didn’t get along with most players I played against but the one guy I did get along with was my greatest rival, so it can be done.”

“Sometimes you get hungrier when you taste it.”

John McEnroe Awards & Accomplishments

  • ITF World Champion:1981, 1983, 1984
  • ATP player of the year: 1981, 1983, 1984
  • ATP most improved player: 1978
  • World Number 1 Male Player
  • Davis Cup Commitment Award

John McEnroe Age

John was born on February 16, 1959, in Wiesbaden, West Germany.

John McEnroe Wife

In 1986, McEnroe tied the knot with Tatum O’Neal, the daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal. The couple however divorced in 1994. During their marriage, the couple had three children, Kevin, Sean, and Emily. After their divorce, they were originally awarded joint custody of the children, but in 1998 McEnroe was awarded sole custody due to O’Neal’s drug problems.

In 1997, the tennis player tied the knot with rock singer Patty Smyth with whom he has two daughters, Anna and Ava. The couple live in a duplex on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with their kids

John McEnroe Height, and Weight

In regards to his height, the tennis player stands at 5ft 11 inches (1.80m) tall.  He has blue eyes and light brown hair. He weighs 75 kgs or 165lbs.

John McEnroe Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

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