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You Cannot Be Serious

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,399 ratings  ·  112 reviews
John McEnroe stunned the tennis elite when he came out of nowhere to make the Wimbledon semifinals at the age of eighteen-and just a few years later, he was ranked number one in the world. "You Cannot Be Serious" is McEnroe at his most personal, a no-holds-barred examination of Johnny Mac, the kid from Queens, and his "wild ride" through the world of professional tennis at ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Berkley Books (first published 2002)
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Mikey B.
The McEnroe-Borg-Connors years were the apex of tennis viewing. These three very different individuals brought tennis to a much larger viewing audience. Their games and rivalries have – in my opinion – never been matched since. Men’s tennis has become too power-serve oriented – at least Women’s tennis has more rallies and somehow the shorter games can make for an interesting match.

As you would expect from a super-star and a number-one ranked player, Mr. McEnroe comes off as very self-centred – t
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Holly Cline
Let's just say this is worth the read if you like tennis and/or John McEnroe. If not, it probably won't hold your interest. I appreciated that James Kaplan let John's voice shine through. Some of the extra exclamation points and short phrasing may not be very sophisticated as a writing style, but it sounds like John. So many autobiographies of celebrities lose that in trying to clean up the writing.

This book doesn't delve super deep into John's personal life. It's not some tell all, but I don't
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Sean Peters
Maybe I am a little bias in my opinion of McEnroe, as I have met him twice at Wimbledon, and he is Not a nice person, well unless their are cameras on him !

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.
Giles Knight
John McEnroe's serious starts on what has to be a very serious note indeed; in his Central Park New York apartment during 9-11 and I found I was thus gripped from the start.

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
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Cathy
As a lifelong fan of tennis I was looking forward to this book very much. While it was interesting to hear Mr. McEnroe's story in his own words, I felt like he was VERY selective with regard to what he chose to discuss. He was so brutally honest about all matters tennis and yet offered very little about his personal life. His marriage to Tatum O'Neal was barely even mentioned, which is surprising considering that they had 3 children together. I believe that if you are going to write an autobiogr ...more
Gary
interesting to read that his father once walked onto the court and asked the umpire to disqualify his son for bad behaviour
Megan
I love me some Johnny Mac but this book was unreadable.
Jean Book Worm
This book really kept me captivated and focused because of Mcenroe's honesty. He really gives out a lot of information of incidents in his life and it really makes you realize the kind of person he actually is. Hot tempered, stubborn and ambitious were three words that described him.
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
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Ice
In his new role as TV commentator (and in his short-lived run as Davis Cup captain) McEnroe has tried to make the unlikely switch from tennis enfant terrible to tennis elder statesman. Judging by the welcome he has received from both the cognoscenti and the American public, it has been a largely successful transition.

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.
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Chris Salisbury
This book is an autobiography about one of the best tenis players of all time, John macenroe. This book surprised me with it's honesty. Like many biographies, I am astounded at the detail with which people can look back and remember their lives. This one was education about the history of tennis in my lifetime, and it involves tennis players I was familiar with in the 70s and 80s.Also in this book Macenroe talks a lot about his truobles and his anger issues on the court. I loved when he talked a ...more
Sandra Danby
I’ve always had mixed feelings about John McEnroe. He’s a real Marmite personality for me, love him, hate him. I love his tennis, I hate his teenage antics, his arrogance, his language. But as he has matured, he’s grown on me. I’ve been lucky enough to see him play both as a youngster [queuing up as a student in the late ‘70s in those long lines outside the AELTC in Wimbledon at dawn] and in recent years as a senior on the Champions Tour, playing in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Albert ...more
Paul Darcy
by John McEnroe with James Kaplan, published in 2002.

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
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Raghu
This is the autobiography of John McEnroe, the tennis superstar of the late 1970s and early 1980s. McEnroe was the sublime, unorthodox genius with his tennis racket. He was also the most artistic player I have ever watched play the game to be at no.1. There are many other artistic players of the game but they hardly even get into the top 10. But McEnroe had no weaknesses in his game and had a fierce will to win and he made it to the top without losing any of his artistry along the way. That is w ...more
Vishal
Serious, by John McEnroe, was one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. Throughout my days, I have read many autobiographies; however, none of the books revealed as many as details as Serious. John McEnroe starts the book with himself dropping off his children to school in New York. Then, he has a flashback that goes in a very clear, chronological order. The flashback begins with his childhood and how he grew up around tennis in his life. Playing at a young age in the city of Queens, New ...more
Dawn Buffham-Bates
Having been born the year Mr McEnroe hit the tennis scene, I vaguely remember his outbursts on court being repeated in the playground at school. I love tennis, watching it that is not playing it; well not seriously anyway!

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
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Lucy Montgomery
I am working through a number of tennis autobiographies and found John McEnroe's You Cannot Be Serious one of the most entertaining. I always liked him as a player and believe he is by far the best TV tennis commentator.
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
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David Kopec
Honest and Entertaining

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
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♥ Marlene♥
September 17.
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
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Caitlin
John McEnroe's autobiography is an entertaining and insightful look into the life of one of the most greatest tennis players of all time. I don't know much about tennis, so I probably did not fully appreciate all of the descriptions of his matches and the struggle he had to get to and stay on top in such a competitive world. But I did appreciate how honest he was about what was going on inside his head and behind the scenes during the course of his career. There were times that I felt he was a b ...more
Jaycob
I was pretty psyched to read about John McEnroe playing on some of the same tennis courts I played on in high school. But enough about that.

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
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Jim
An easy read and an enjoyable one when you can remember a lot of what McEnroe is talking about. The Wimbledon finals with Borg, Britain in the eighties, what it is to be a hot headed American Superbrat! I wish he'd dished the dirt a bit more though - what was Vitas and Bjorn getting up to with their groupies, for instance? Saying that, his book was a bit more straighttalking than most - not many would call Madonna the most career driven women he'd ever met. He also comes across as quite a decent ...more
Vishal
As an avid tennis fan and athlete, I could really understand the meanings of this book.John McEnroe is one of my my favorite tennis players of all times The book was highly interesting detailing each and every part of his life. The book started off with a great flashback all the way to McEnroe's early years. The book continued at the elderly years of his McEnroe's life. While the book taught valuable insight on McEnroe's thoughts and advice, it also taught me the history of tennis in the 1970's ...more
Jeff
My favorite athlete of all-time is Bjorn Borg. Since he's never written an auto-biography, this is the closest I've come since McEnroe was his rival. I actually really enjoyed this book. A very honest book of a guy searching for something. The best line of the book was, "Here I was, the number one tennis player in the world and I couldn't figure out why I was so empty inside." McEnroe goes on to say later that organized religion is a sham and that if there is a God, then God must be dumb, blind ...more
Rena Sherwood
This went around the homeless community I lived in at Bath, UK. It sure helped take my mind off of being homeless! Thanks, McEnroe.
Parvathy
He sure was a brat. A bit dated with hardly any surprises. But an interesting read for any tennis fan who watched the Borg-McEnroe matches.
Brad
Everyone knows John McEnroe as the bad boy of tennis in the late 1970s and 1980s. After his 1992 retirement, he managed to reinvent himself as a respected television commentator, talk show host, and self-deprecating commercial pitchman. His autobiography, named after a phrase contained in his most famous rant at Wimbledon, runs the gamut of all things "Super Brat". His rivalries with Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and Bjorn Borg, his tumultuous marriage to Tatum O'Neal, and his life since leaving co ...more
Kareem
Enjoyed reading this book immensely. Learned a lot about McEnroe. Such an interesting man and personality.
Mino
"la buona educazione è la regola dei sistemi più stabili".

Detto da John Patrick McEnroe suona come il "sarete come Dio" del serpente ad Eva nel Paradiso Terrestre

Buona lettura!
Theresa
OMG I have watced Every one of John's tennis matches, all 5 and 6 hours, and remember his temper and his great sense of humour, no one ever brought such energy to the sport and now as an annoucer there is no one better at that game either, THis book gives you some insight into John, but there is so much more.. I once stood right next to him and was afraid to say hello, I am so sorry I didn't, but I given another Chance ,, it won't be wasted, that was in Michigan, he was palying in the senior le ...more
Helena
Apr 14, 2009 Helena rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thiose intersted in tennis
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