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Sports Speaker John McEnroe is a former world champion tennis player from New York. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. McEnroe was praised for his extraordinary volleying skills, and he is considered one of the greatest players of all time. McEnroe currently competes in the ATP Champions Tour and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.

At the age of 18, McEnroe won the French Open mixed doubles title and made it to the semifinals of Wimbledon, which was the best performance by a qualifier at a Grand Slam tournament. In 1978, McEnroe won five ATP titles, including a Masters Grand Prix. The following year, he won the US Open at the age of 20, becoming the youngest male winner of the singles title since 1948. By the end of 1979, McEnroe had won 17 singles and 17 doubles titles. In 1980, McEnroe captured the 1981 Wimbledon title against Bjorn Borg, ending Borg’s 41 consecutive match victories at the All England Club. McEnroe beat Borg again in 1981, becoming the first male player since the 1920s to win three consecutive US Open singles titles. In 1983, McEnroe won the Wimbledon singles title with only one dropped set throughout the entire tournament. McEnroe repeated the same incredible accomplishment in 1984, winning his third Wimbledon title with only one dropped set. 1984 was an incredibly successful year for McEnroe; at the end of the year, he had a legendary 82-3 record and 13 singles tournament victories. By the end of his career, McEnroe had spent a total of 170 weeks at the top of the rankings, including a No. 1 ranking from 1981 to 1984.

In 1995, McEnroe served as a broadcaster during coverage of the French Open. He later became a television commentator and has appeared on national telecasts of Grand Slam tennis matches on networks such as ESPN, CBS, and NBC. He continues to compete in a number of tournaments and special events, many specifically for charity. He also co-chairs the CityParks Tennis charity benefit, an annual fundraiser produced by the City Parks Foundation. He has appeared on several movies and television series, including Saturday Night Live, Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, and 30 Rock. McEnroe’s love of art led him to open the John McEnroe Art Gallery in 1993, which displays the work of up-and-coming contemporary artists.