Read “Hardcourt Confidential Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches” by Patrick McEnroe with Rakuten Kobo. An entertaining and unfiltered look. I have been reading the new Patrick McEnroe/Peter Bodo book. I like it though it’s not as “confidential” (that’s in the title, “Hardcourt. In “Hardcourt Confidential,” Patrick McEnroe tells what the world of tennis is like, on and off the court. Read an excerpt of the book below, and.

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PMac knows a lot of people in the sport, both players and behind the scenes folks and he doesn’t shy away from being honest about them. Patrick McEnroe does just that. Nor was my dad, at least not in a tennis context. I got along fine with Tatum, although I hhardcourt she had issues. Curious to know which marquee player threw a tantrum and bailed early on a tournament?

Dec 09, Sally rated it really liked it. Game, set, match, John and Patrick McEnroe. Jose makes the player run up, or go back. I can’t claim that I should have won it, on form, either. My role as Davis Cup captain adds to my credibility as the head of the national development effort. Jul 11, Beth rated it really liked it. She just didn’t want to go to Italy. It was pure chaos. If not Patrick McEnroe, who would you prefer to see in the leadership position tennisfan?

But he was by no means an automatic fit with the program I conceived. John played with his usual intensity that night; the only thing that made it different from the two previous times we’d played was that it was no beatdown.

Dad would say, “You’ve got to act like you’re proud to be a McEnroe,” and I would roll my eyes and think, Did you see what John just did at this or that tournament? And we still want to do whatever we can for Ryan and others like him. Yes, Patrick McEnroe has a lot of insight for a tennis fan.


Granted, Rafa is a rare individual talent. Aug 31, Dale Stonehouse rated it liked it. Jakob and I reached match point at 5—6 in the ‘breaker, with Korda serving to me. Maybe not to the layperson but there are millions of tennis fans to equate good sales for his new book. If Dad thought I wasn’t hadrcourt the McEnroe name adequately, he’d remind me that other people are always cinfidential extra hard.


Finally, some semblance of order was restored. We still want to pound the fucking ball. As a player, coach, and ESPN commentator, he’s seen it all. When the organization does reach out and makes the call, the results can sometimes be bizarre.

Our Day return guarantee still applies. The anecdotes about his experiences as a color commentator are funny and interesting and sometimes heartwarming.

Classifications Dewey Decimal Class Scroll over hardcouurt zoom Click for full size. The Trump presidency’s top 5 pivotal moments of I was also open to bringing Tracy’s mentor Robert Lansdorp into our tent, but anyone can tell you he’s a tough nut to crack.

Hardcourt Confidential : Patrick McEnroe :

So I agreed to do it, but as I conficential down from the luncheon in Westchester County to do my turn, the wheels started turning in my head. The middle of was a very tough, turbulent period for John. But the pressure was too great, because the shadow of our father loomed over the enterprise, no matter how much he tried to downplay the pride he took in seeing us as a team or his expectations. His lack of power kept him from exploiting the natural advantage of a lefty.


Death of migrants at border ‘unacceptable, un-American’: He was isolated; his marriage with Tatum O’Neal was on the rocks, and our father was too busy managing the industry called John McEnroe to be emotionally useful to him.


It came about almost by accident, when Jim realized that he couldn’t get the support he needed from his coach at the time, Nick Bollettieri. Serena has brought a lot to tennis, no doubt about it. The book is more like a review of major tennis tournaments from the s through that Patrick was involved in, whether as a coach, player, USTA employee or commentator. It was even more awkward in our case, because John and I were doing the same thing, careerwise, and at the same level if not with the same degree of success.

In Hardcourt ConfidentialMcEnroe uses his twenty-five-plus years in the trenches of the game to tell true tales and wild stories about the players you think you know from Sampras to Agassi to Roddick to the Williams sistershow and why the game has changed since he first swung a racket, and what the future holds in store for American tennis.

Nobody really thought a guy like Vince Spadea could pen a cult classic but he did, with a little help from his friend. It got him away from tennis, and into that celebrity sphere that was Tatum’s world. I can only imagine how the crowd would have reacted had Serena gone gonzo at 3—all in the third set, long before that highly competitive and entertaining match was close to finished.

This was a very enjoyable read. Nadal rivalry that dominates the game today. It’s all based on decision making and footwork. Sep 01, Shay rated it liked it. Oh, so many good places to eat in Newport. Sure I was trying my hardest, but it was like playing with house money and I felt a little complacent, a little satisfied.

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