John McEnroe says his outbursts were coping mechanisms, hiding something ‘completely different’

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New York Daily News

John McEnroe, still the greatest tennis player NYC ever produced, said his infamous outbursts were coping mechanisms that masked issues dealing with the emotional toll of a complicated personal life and pressurized career. The profanity, often directed toward the umpire, inspired McEnroe’s ‘angry rebel’ reputation, which ultimately became his lucrative brand. “A lot of the times I was getting angry I was hiding something that was completely different,” McEnroe said. “And thinking something different. “The first thing I think about is hopefully something funny, something that would lighten the …

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