Book Review: But Seriously, by John McEnroe

Book Description

But Seriously, by John McEnroe Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 27 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316324892
ISBN-13: 978-0316324892
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 27.9 cm
Shipping Weight: 522 g

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In this follow-up, readers can expect to see a whole new side to McEnroe. The hotheaded tennis player comes across as nostalgic, yet remain true to his character. Discover what is going on in one of tennis’ most controversial players’ head in this captivating and truthful biography. “But Seriously” is a definite must own, whether you despise the man or love him for his athleticism.

Here, you will find some insights on what to expect when you decide to take the plunge and buy the book.

The Commissioner of Tennis

It’s no secret, McEnroe has made waves throughout the years. Even today he continues to baffle tennis fans with outrageous remarks on players. He is after all the self-acclaimed “Commissioner of Tennis”. The book starts off with McEnroe setting the record straight about the things that matters to him. Or things that he takes very seriously for that matter. These includes tennis, his family and his wife.

Family Matters

What makes the book quite a delight is being able to see a softer side to McEnroe. He talks about his late father and how he regrets not appreciating him enough. He also spends a lot of time talking about his children, his son’s arrest for cocaine possession and talks about his struggles with drugs and substances.

The more significant of these has to be the essay of his daughter as well as a poem written by one of his other daughters, dedicated to him.

Proud to be a Feminist

McEnroe mentions that his daughters sparked the idea of becoming a feminist. He mentions that thanks to them he now understands the importance of providing girls with the same opportunities as boys in sports. He also speaks about equal prize money for female tennis players, and hails Venus and Serena Williams for the challenges they have overcome.

He does however have an opinion on the hypothetical match between himself and Serena, saying that he thinks he could still beat her.

Trying to be a Better Person

But something that makes the book jump out and catch you off guard, is McEnroe’s admittance in the beginning of the book that he hopes the reader will see his efforts in trying to become a better person. He also says that he hopes he’s no longer only known for tennis and throwing tantrums on the court, and leaves the reader to judge.

Final Thoughts

Notan in-depth look at the career of McEnroe, but still a highly recommended read. We get the opportunity to see McEnroe in a different, kinder light, something quite rare. The book is full of great stories, reminiscence and a father’s unwavering love for his children and his wife.

This book is not for the tennis fan looking for some gossip or anything other than an honest account by a man, and not a tennis player. Get it on Amazon in print or kindle format.

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