You cannot be serious
June 22, 2011 by sbasar
Ben Greenman is running a campaign in The New Yorker to make June 22 You Cannot be Serious Day as it is the 3oth anniversary of John McEnroe‘s famous tirade at Wimbledon. Greenman writes :
McEnroe, as the recent HBO documentary “McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice” explained, shocked England precisely because he was a stereotypical Ugly American: brash, arrogant, indecorous. But he was also importantly American for other reasons. He was brilliant but callow, like the nation sometimes was. And he was constitutionally unable to hold his tongue. (The New Yorker’s Sporting Scene blog)
I am old enough to remember the outrage at the time
, but also old enough to have seen McEnroe completely rehabilitated.
Who would have guessed 30 years ago that McEnroe would become a Wimbledon commentator for the BBC and completely idolised by the crowds ? Life can work in wonderful ways.
The Sporting Scene: McEnroe’s Courtly Behavior : The New Yorker.