‘Play It Like 7:30 at 70 Degrees’- John McEnroe Envies NBA Stars as He Rants About the Ridiculous Rules of Tennis

Published 09/14/2022, 2:14 PM EDT

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John McEnroe is among the top sports presenters in the world today. His fun way of covering the matches has made him pretty popular outside the sport of tennis as well. While the 63-year-old covers important tennis events, he also takes time out to discuss other sports. Recently, the former world number one appeared on a talk show with former basketball player Kevin Garnett.

The two discussed various trending stuff regarding basketball and tennis. Meanwhile, McEnroe also revealed what he likes about basketball, and the aspect of the game that makes him jealous that tennis doesn’t have it.


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Why is John McEnroe jealous of basketball players?

John McEnroe certainly is not a big fan of the conditions in which tennis is played. Added to that, he also complained about the challenges of adjusting to different surfaces and their properties accordingly. “I do get jealous of basketball players because every day you play it’s like you are on the wood. You know it’s more forgiving and at fault when we play a lot. You play it like 7:30 at 70 degrees. It’s great,” he said.

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McEnroe further added, “We are playing in these crazy conditions. You know it’s not that way too hard or something. For god’s sake wind, sun, why do we have to deal with this stuff? We are playing grass, we are playing clay, we are playing fast surface. It’s like we are making it as difficult as possible for ourselves.”

McEnroe heaps praise on Iga Swiatek


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The Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek recently won her third Grand Slam title. The 21-year-old defeated Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur to lift her first US Open title. Earlier this year, the Pole claimed her second French Open title.

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Speaking of her brilliance, the former American tennis star claimed that she can win between five to 10 more Grand Slam titles. Notably, Swiatek became only the seventh player in the Open Era to win three Major titles before turning 22.


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The 21-year-old has proven herself on hard and clay courts. Although she couldn’t cope with the pressure in the Wimbledon Championships, Swiatek made a stunning comeback in the US Open. Can she win the Australian Open next year? Let us know in the comments.


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Gaurav Verma


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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.
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