Boris Becker Recounts First Time He Ever Had to Play John McEnroe

by The Insider on November 26, 2012 · 0 comments

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Boris Becker recounts the first time he ever faced John McEnroe.

“My teacher in gamesmanship was a man from New York called John McEnroe,” Becker said. “My English at 17, 18 was pretty limited. When I played [McEnroe] the first time in America, he won the first serve. At the changeover, he came to my chair. He said some words and I didn’t understand all the words, but I knew it wasn’t nice. After our tough battle, in the locker room, I asked him what was the meaning of what he said. [He said] ‘I’m going to beat the s— out of you.’”

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