Really? Mike Tyson and Tina Turner Mentioned John McEnroe in their Books?
I just happened to read books by Mike Tyson and Tina Turner and was surprised to see John McEnroe get a mentioned in a few sentences. Here are the interesting excerpts (by the way both excerpts will be part of my next book “Facing McEnroe”)…
Tina Turner (in her book ‘I, Tina’ by Kurt Loder): “Backstage after, I walked into the reception room and there they all were: Keith (Richards) and David (Bowie) and Ron Wood, all these people. I said: Thank God, I didn’t know they were in the audience – I really would have been nervous. Then I spotted this tennis player I’d seen on TV. I shouted out: ‘McEnroe!’ He got real embarrassed and started hiding his face. I went up to him and said: ‘Why McEnroe you’re shy. I don’t believe it – with all the hell you raise on the tennis court?’ Then he started laughing, and I started laughing too. And pretty soon I was laughing all over the place.” ————————————
Mike Tyson (in his book ‘Undisputed Truth’ about John McEnroe): “I didn’t go into the fight (with James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith) at a hundred percent. I was suffering from a pinched nerve in my neck that would haunt me for years so I was in a bit of pain. But I walked into the ring like I owned that place. I thought that the ring was my home and it was where I lived and I was totally comfortable in its circumference. But I still wasn’t a seasoned fighter. My ego was out of whack back then. I felt like John McEnroe. Fuck you who cares? I had so much respect for him. He was a beast and that was just how I felt. I felt entitled to anything concerning the boxing world. And if I wasn’t getting it you were going to hear from me.” (Tyson drawing by Bud Boccone)