SERIOUS chronicles the astonishing story of the tennis star whose stardom transcended tennis: the outsider status that made McEnroe friends with Keith Richards and Jack Nicholson; his stormy marriage to Tatum O'Neal; his forays into the worlds of art and rock music; and his arrival as one of the most astute sports commentators around.
John McEnroe can be serious. He can al...more
This book doesn't delve super deep into John's personal life. It's not some tell all, but I don't ...more
As you would expect from a super-star and a number-one ranked player, Mr. McEnroe comes off as very self-centred – t ...more
Category – Autobiography Publication Date – June 10, 2002.
John McEnroe can arguably be considered the best tennis player of all time. He is also considered the bad boy of tennis for his considerable outbursts on the court. Say what you will but the sport of tennis has missed him and will never be the same without him. McEnroe dominated the tennis courts throughout the 1980’s. During this time he was able t ...more
His book although interesting from a tennis point of view, showed to me he is not a sincere person.
Found the book a little hard work.
You might imagine that a book on the life of a professional sportsman which starts in such fashion may be more a human story than the story of the sport and you'd be right.
McEnroe writes about his childhood and his father moving between jobs and succeeding in the American dream. He talks about early tennis clubs and early com ...more
Sort of... Not really. No, I take it back. Totally.
Either he`s a very persuasive man or his ghost writer is great. I`m going to look that up right now.
And I`m back and now that I`ve read about James Kaplan I feel vindicated.
I want to believe Mac wrote any of this book but what I think happened was he probably just spoke and Kaplan made it happen.
I love tennis and this book is as good as Agassi`s but I like Agassi more and I remember him. He was my era so I just dig him more.
However, M ...more
I had just read Open, Agassi's biography, and Serious is not nearly as well written but then does sound authentically John McEnroe.
I appreciated that he didn't feel the need to fill the book with expletives. He was successful in giving the gist of his outbursts without having to litter the page with swear words.
I feel he re ...more
Personally, I never was a big fan of Mcenroe due to his attitude I've seen on television. However, I got an insight to his life and came to an understanding for his life.
Plot's Rating: 4/5
His life as a child was no ...more
This memoir of growing up (or not growing up) on the men's tour tracks the same course. Unfortunately, when shifted to the page, the reinvention produces a much more muddled result. ...more
This autobiography of John McEnroe is titled after one of his famous outbursts on the tennis court. And yes, if you didn’t already know John was one of the all time best tennis players ever in the early eighties.
I’ve read where other reviews of this book which say he skims the surface of his life, never really digging deep down to reveal himself. I think I disagree with that. I mean how much do you really want to know?
He gives plenty of insigh ...more
Reading Mr McEnroe's auto biography about his rise to fame and fortune, having grown up in the district of Queens, near to Flushing Meadows, a great place to be for a head start in the world of tennis. Throughout the book McEnroe talks mostly about his tennis, and you begin to ...more
His book is like a long conversation -- fairly succinct and introspective, but without any instances of TMI (unlike some other player books). The reader can certainly hear McEnroe's voice, with both the ego and self-deprication. He acknowledges his failings and regrets but witho ...more
The greatest asset of Mr. McEnroe's autobiography is the author's (sometimes brutal) honesty regarding both himself and the characters/events surrounding his rise to fame. Sure, it is clear at times that McEnroe is concealing some juicy details about his personal life, but it is not fair to expect admissions about everything! What McEnroe does share proves to be very revealing about both the pro-tennis tour and his celebrity lifestyle.
Ultimately this book will appeal to fa ...more
Just finished it and I really enjoyed reading about all the tennis players back in the days. I was always rooting for McEnroe while my mom wanted Borg to win.
Never was a fan of Ivan Lendl. Interesting read. He is not as mean about Tatum as she was about him in her book.
I do think reading this what a miserable sod is this guy. He appears to be never happy. Not when he won, not when he was married. I wanted to read more about his life with Tatum, about his own drug use, and hers!. It ...more
You either hate Johnny Mac or you love him. I'm in the love him camp. I've always enjoyed hearing what he has to say, even when I disagree with it. His book won't change any opinions on him, but it's a fun read if you're a fan. It's mostly behind the scenes stories through his life and career, but nothing too gossipy. He's fairly respectful of those involved ...more
McEnroe is also an expert tennis commentator and occasionally makes guests appearances in TV shows. He was marr ...more