Former world number one John McEnroe addressed the premiere of a documentary about him, discussing, among other things, the significance of having children and how it has affected his play on the court.
According to Hohn: “Every person’s primary objective should be to become a responsible parent. Was there ever a time when I didn’t want to be the best player in the world, even after having my first child at age 27? I wanted to be, and I wanted to get better, so the answer is yes. I needed some time away to recharge and hone my skills; after all, Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open after taking a six-month break.
During my six-month break, I was eliminated in the first round of the US Open. My only previous first-round exit occurred in that year. I won’t go into specifics, but there was a confluence of factors that left me unprepared to return.
Though, I did become a mother at age 27 and again at age 28. Uh, what was I supposed to do? Do I tell my partner, “Oh, okay, take care of the kids, I have to go deal with this situation with my ranking?” Actually, I was making an effort to do both.
Having children, though, should be my top priority.”
McEnroe discusses the styles of play of Nadal and Djokovic.
During his speech, John compared a Spanish man to a Serbian man: “As methods, they couldn’t be more dissimilar.
Nadal, in contrast to Djokovic, acts as if nothing is at stake besides playing point after point in every match. Nonetheless, judging by their track records and the success of their careers, it appears that our partnership has been beneficial for both of us.
As a result, the best choice is the one that makes you happy, and they recognize this. However, I believe it can be frustrating for those who face Nadal to know that despite all the problems he always manages to be so competitive and to win the vast majority of the time.”