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But Seriously by John McEnroe
  

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10 years ago, John McEnroe published his bestselling autobiography, Serious. Now in But Seriously he describes his life as he adjusts to a future off the tennis court. It’s a personal reflection but the book also outlines the motivational skills John McEnroe used to change his life’s direction. ~ Sue Baker

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But Seriously by John McEnroe

Over a decade after his international number one bestseller SERIOUS, John McEnroe is back and ready to talk once again. Since his hit book, he's maintained a huge presence as a commentator at Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments. He has continued to compete on the court, winning the ATP Champions Tour a record six times, and has played in charity events around the globe. More surprising are the calls from TV producers, inviting John to riff on his famous hot temper in cult shows such as 30 ROCK and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM - and his little-known passion for American contemporary art. The beloved, controversial and respected tennis legend reveals even more from his life and career, with the signature style that has made John McEnroe the enduring cultural figure and icon he is. As part of a tiny elite of top-ranking tennis players, John McEnroe has lived and experienced what very few people could ever imagine. His status as an elder statesman of international tennis is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the court? How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as an ex-champion, and adjust to his new vocation as a broadcaster and gallerist? In following McEnroe's personal struggle to reinvent himself, confronting a few demons along the way, BUT SERIOUSLY blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in the author's original and unadulterated voice. The result is a personal odyssey, a mixture of anecdote and reflection which re-evaluates the meaning of success.

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The follow up volume to 2002's best-selling Serious, and every bit as entertaining. McEnroe is just as brash and as opinionated as you might expect, but he has a saving grace: behind all the bluster, he seems to be a genuinely nice bloke. -- Marcus Berkmann * DAILY MAIL * The tennis legend and TV pundit is rarely short of an opinion, and here he sounds off on modern art, rock stars, Richard Branson's Necker Island, guitar playing, Donald Trump, beer, the BBC and Adam Sandler. Oh yes, and tennis * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Who can forget the shouty bad boy, infamous for his temper! Now a respected elder statesman of tennis, his fascinating memoir reveals all * BEST * The one-time enfant terrible of the Centre Court has not mellowed with age if his recent pronoucements on Serena Williams are any measurement * RTE GUIDE * McEnroe has established himself as perhaps the most distinctive voice in tennis punditry -- Andrew Anthony * THE OBSERVER * McEnroe has forged a second career as an opinionated, well-informed and indeed pre-eminent commentator and analyst. But it should not be forgotten just how scintillating a player he was, especially on grass. For those with fond memories of those days, McEnroe provides some telling sketches of his old rivals. -- Nick Pitt * SUNDAY TIMES * He has proved an excellent commentator during big tournaments, as he'll remind us this fortnight at Wimbledon. -- Simon Kuper * THE SPECTATOR *


About the Author

John McEnroe is a former World No.1 professional tennis player. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is the author of the bestselling memoir SERIOUS. John is a father of six, an art collector, musician and businessman. He continues to be a senior tennis player and a hugely respected BBC commentator during Wimbledon. He lives in New York City.

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Publication date

27th June 2017

Author

John McEnroe

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9781409147954

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