A Shocked John McEnroe Revealed Final Words of His First Wife Tatum O’ Neal Before Parting Ways: ‘You’ll Thank Me for This’

Published 08/24/2022, 12:33 AM EDT

John McEnroe, the former American tennis star, is currently happily married to singer Patty Smyth. However, this was not the case for the ‘Superbrat’ during his first marriage with Oscar-winning actress Tatum O’Neal.

In an interview back in 2002, McEnroe revealed his strange last interaction with his ex-wife as they parted ways after six years of marriage. According to McEnroe, he felt much happier after divorcing O’Neal.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

John McEnroe revealed O’Neal’s last few words as his wife

Notably, McEnroe published his famous autobiography, ‘You Cannot Be Serious’ in 2002, which became insanely popular among fans. In that book, the 7-time Grand Slam champion revealed many things about his marriage to Tatum O’Neal. According to McEnroe, O’Neal said to him, Someday you’ll thank me for this.” 

“I wondered about that for a while. Then I understood what she’d meant. I think she’d realized she was such trouble, and so incapable of being the wife that I wanted, that eventually I’d be happier with someone else,” McEnroe further wrote in his book. 

Notably, McEnroe married O’Neal back in 1986 and they had three children together: Kevin, Sean, and Emily. After their divorce in 1994, the tennis player wed the American singer Patty Smyth in 1997 and had two daughters, Ava and Anna.

McEnroe had an amazing tennis career

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As one of the best players to have come from the US, McEnroe was truly phenomenal. Notably, he achieved no.1 rankings in both singles and doubles, which has been a rare feat in tennis.

Watch This Story: When Billie Jean King slammed ‘superbrat’ John McEnroe for his Controversial Serena Williams statement

In terms of his records, he had 883-198 win-loss records in the singles matches, winning 77 titles. Whereas, he won 544 matches and lost 103 doubles matches, again winning another 77 titles.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: John McEnroe of the United States reacts during the mixed doubles match between John McEnroe of the United States and his partner Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Martina Navratilova of the United States and Jamie Murray of Great Britain during the Wimbledon No. 1 Court Celebration in support of the Wimbledon Foundation at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Despite his amazing record on the tour, he had a reputation for being too impulsive on the tennis court. As a result, many used to call him ‘Superbrat’, which has become one of his famous nicknames. Currently, he is working as a commentator, providing his expert opinion during tennis matches.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Debkinkar Maity

1374 articles

Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK