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You Cannot Be Serious
by John McEnroe with James Kaplan
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN 0-399-14858-2
Published June 2002 - Hardcover - 342 pages

Bravo, Mr. McEnroe.  How refreshing to finally, after all those years of reading so much speculation about his personal life, read something real about, in my opinion, tennis' greatest player, John McEnroe.  I appreciated his respectful account of his early (and later) professional life and cannot for the life of me understand what all the hoopla was about when the book was published in 2002.  He didn't dish the dirt and was very diplomatic, especially about his failed first marriage, and his fellow tennis players.  I watched many of the matches he recalls in this book, as well as saw him play live on numerous occasions, and now better understand why he did and said the things he did at the time.  It was a pleasure reading this account of his colorful and varied life as a professional tennis player and about his new life married to Patty Smyth.  Listening to his television commentaries is highly illuminating too, and he gives a firsthand (with good humor) insight to the play of many of today's players.  A good career move and one I look forward to for many years to come.  See my review of Bad News for McEnroe by Bill Scanlon.
Conclusion - Highly recommended.

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