John McEnroe Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

John McEnroe Net Worth 

John McEnroe has an estimated net worth of $100 million. John McEnroe is a former tennis champion who earned fame for his graceful play and temperamental outbursts. He earns most of his income from his career as a talk show host, tennis player, and actor.

John McEnroe is a former tennis champion who made a name for himself by reaching the Wimbledon semifinals at the age of 18 in 1977. He went on to win several Grand Slam titles, becoming famous for his impressive skills, rivalry with Björn Borg, and volatile court persona. He had a successful second career as a television analyst after retiring in 1992. 

To calculate the net worth of John McEnroe, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: John McEnroe
Net Worth: $100 Million
Monthly Salary: $700 Thousand
Annual Income: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Talk show host, Tennis player, Commentator, Actor

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Early Life

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. was born on February 16, 1959, into a military family in Wiesbaden, West Germany, as the eldest of three sons to Kay and John McEnroe Sr. McEnroe’s family relocated to the New York City borough of Queens in 1960, and he grew up primarily in the community of Douglaston, where he excelled in sports during his childhood. He eventually enrolled at Trinity, a prep school in Manhattan, where he continued to prioritize athletics. Patrick, his younger brother, would also go on to become a well-known tennis player.

Early Tennis Career

After graduating from high school in 1977, a pivotal series of events in McEnroe’s career occurred. He traveled to Europe that year and won the French Juniors Tournament. Initially aiming for the junior title at Wimbledon, he changed gears and tournaments after qualifying for the men’s event. The 18-year-old then stunned everyone by becoming the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, where he was defeated by Jimmy Connors.

McEnroe returned to the United States after receiving a tennis scholarship to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. His high school team won the NCAA Championship in 1978, led by McEnroe. He decided to go pro after his freshman year. McEnroe was eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon in 1978, but advanced to the fourth round of the US Open.

McEnroe began his long commitment to Davis Cup play at this time. Tony Trabert, then the United States Davis Cup coach, took a chance on the 19-year-old McEnroe, who handled the pressure admirably, winning his matches against England to help the United States win the Davis Cup for the first time in six years.

McEnroe won four singles titles over the next four months, including an important (and foreboding) victory over Björn Borg in Stockholm, Sweden. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) named him Newcomer of the Year in 1978 and ranked him fourth in the world. He earned nearly half a million dollars in his first six months as a pro.

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Sublime Playing Style, Volatile Persona

McEnroe’s game evolved over time into a style known for its finesse and agility. His serve was not powerful, but he had lightning-fast reflexes and an uncanny court sense — he seemed to know instinctively where to place his shots. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Curry Kirkpatrick, late tennis champion Arthur Ashe summarized his style: “Against Connors and Borg, you feel like you’re being hit with a sledgehammer, but McEnroe is a stiletto.”

His antics grew in popularity alongside his talent.

McEnroe developed a reputation for having an acerbic, volatile personality, with a string of well-documented outbursts directed at various tennis personnel, including himself. “He is a young man who raised perfectly placed strokes to a high art form, only to resort to tantrums that smear his masterpieces like graffiti,” Newsweek’s Pete Axthelm observed at one point.

After losing at Wimbledon, McEnroe won the US Open against Vitas Gerulaitis in 1979, becoming the tournament’s youngest winner since 1948. Soon after, he led the US to Davis Cup victories over Argentina, Australia, and Italy, allowing the team to retain the title.

Famous Match With Borg at Wimbledon and More Grand Slams

Beginning in July of that year at Wimbledon, one of tennis’ most infamous rivalries between McEnroe and the unflappable Swede, Björn Borg, took shape. The fourth set ended in a famous 34-point tiebreaker, and the match lasted four and a half hours. Borg won (1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6) in what would go down in history as one of the most epic tennis matches of all time.

The two met again at the US Open, with McEnroe winning the title (7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4). The contenders met again in the 1981 Wimbledon final, with Borg losing his five-year title to McEnroe, who won in four sets. McEnroe defeated Borg once more at the US Open, becoming the first man since Bill Tilden to win three straight Open titles.

McEnroe was unable to add to his Grand Slam collection in 1982, but he was back in top form the following year, crushing Chris Lewis to win his second Wimbledon (6-2, 6-2, 6-2). McEnroe won 82 of his 85 matches in 1984, including his fourth WCT final, third US Pro Indoor Championship, and second Grand Prix Masters title. He won his third Wimbledon title, soundly defeating Connors (6-1, 6-1, 6-2), and his fourth US Open title, defeating Ivan Lendl (6-3, 6-4, 6-1), and finished the year ranked No. 1 for the fourth time in a row.

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Professional Decline and Retirement

McEnroe won eight singles titles in 1985, but none of them were Grand Slams. He took a six-month sabbatical in 1986 and again for several months after being suspended for an outburst in 1987.

McEnroe remained a highly competitive doubles player, winning the US Open in 1989 and Wimbledon in 1992, but he struggled to keep up with the next generation of singles talent. He was also famously disqualified for misconduct during a match against Mikael Pernfors at the 1990 Australian Open in Melbourne.

McEnroe retired in 1992, having won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine doubles titles, and one more in mixed doubles, as well as numerous Davis Cup victories. In 1999, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Broadcasting and Other Endeavors

McEnroe began a second career as a television broadcaster in 1995 and continued to compete on the court for charity, devoting a significant amount of time to the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the AIDS Cure.

McEnroe is also a guitarist who has played in bands such as the Package and the Noise Upstairs. He founded the John McEnroe Art Gallery in New York City in 1994 to showcase emerging artists.

He established the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York in 2010.

TV and Movies

McEnroe debuted his eponymous talk show on CNBC in 2004, after hosting a game show called The Chair in 2002. The show was canceled six months later due to low viewership.

McEnroe has made numerous television and film appearances over the years. He appeared in Adam Sandler’s Mr. Deeds (2002) and Anger Management (2003) films, as well as several episodes of the hit show 30 Rock.

Shia LeBeouf starred as the temperamental tennis star in the April 2018 film Borg vs. McEnroe, which received critical acclaim.

Later that summer, archival footage of McEnroe competing in the 1984 French Open was shown in the documentary John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection.

McEnroe made a surprise return to the screen in 2020 as the narrator of Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age series Never Have I Ever.

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Wife and Children

McEnroe married Oscar-winning actress Tatum O’Neal in 1986. They divorced in 1994 after having three children together. McEnroe married rock singer/songwriter Patty Smyth three years later, and they had two more children.

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