John McEnroe got his nickname ‘SuperBrat’ for a reason and the reason was none other than his attitude on the court. Playing against him made remaining calm for his opponents a mammoth task. The renowned rivalry between John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors was obviously not going to help the two. However, the chain of events that led to one of the most heated matches of all time was clarified by John McEnroe years later. The crowd loved the drama, however, the constant bickering became a point of contention for them too.
The crowd flocked in to watch the matches between the two. The heated rivalry and intense matches were always worth the money. However, the drama that unfolded during one of their senior finals in Dallas became too overwhelming.
John McEnroe once clarified the chain of events that led Jimmy Connors to leave the court
Aggressive rants and outbursts are part of certain tennis players’ DNA. And it is quite evident in players like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. However, one time even the crowd got fed up with the drama.In an interview with Graham Bensinger, John McEnroe once detailed the course of events during their match in senior finals at Dallas. He stated, “Well, actually the conversation wasn’t that bad. I should’ve just let him well off alone being the moron that I am, I tried to convince him.”
McEnroe loved an excited crowd, and that is exactly what he had during that match. He stated, “It was sort of a good crowd. There was energy and people wanted to see us play and we were battling.”McEnroe had the tendency to irk people around him on the court. In the same context, he stated, “He got fed up, I don’t know if it was cuz he got a bad call or he was mad cuz I was making fun of him. I was doing something he didn’t like. Whatever, it was hot.”
Breaking his usual trend of winding up players with his trash talk, McEnroe was trying to convince him to come back. He stated, “Man Jimmy you can’t do that.” Knowing that he can aggravate people, he stated, “I have the ability to get so mad at me that they’ve never tried harder.”After coming back on to the court, Connors improved his gameplay and started pushing McEnroe to a corner. Following that, McEnroe noted the bizarre reaction of the crowd. He stated, “Next thing you know crowd’s booing, they’re booing him off the court. They’re booing me at the end of the match.”
Safe to say, the match was dramatic and watching them play must have been a treat for the crowd gathered there.
Despite grueling rivalry, McEnroe idolized Connors. The two legends faced off against each other 34 times on the court. The rivalry was intense and spanned for almost a decade and a half.
But even after giving each other a hard time on the court, McEnroe always held Connors in high regard.In a podcast with Kevin Garnett, he stated that as a junior tennis player who was playing against Jimmy Connors; he picked up on a few things. One of them was that Connors played every point as if it was his last. Moreover, he also compared him to Rafael Nadal of his time.