So a few years ago we had the real life sports drama ‘Borg / McEnroe‘ which recounted the infamous rivalry between the cool as ice Swede Bjorn Borg and potty mouthed tantrum prone John McEnroe whose frequent outraged outbursts at umpires of, ‘You cannot be serious!’ became something of a catch phrase. Having mellowed over the years and respectful of Borg to such an extent that they occasionally play exhibition matches but now we have a first glimpse behind the man with the release of the McEnroe trailer.
John McEnroe was an era-defining talent; Number One in the world in four consecutive years. However, his time on and off the court was tumultuous, and it is this internal conflict that drove John to the very top, and very nearly broke him. In “McEnroe” John speaks openly about his life and career alongside film archive from some of the biggest matches in tennis history – including the US Open and Wimbledon – as well as home video footage from John himself. Contributions from John’s children and his wife Patty Smyth provide a level of intimacy that takes the film beyond a mere sports biopic and into the realms of something deeply personal and confessional. Featuring icons such as Billie Jean King, Bjorn Borg and Keith Richards, the film brings to life a golden age of tennis and the 80’s excess of John’s hometown: New York City.
Beyond John’s tennis legacy (his combined 155 titles still rank as the highest in the Men’s Open era), John’s story grows to become a search for connection, a journey towards acceptance of himself and others. Compassionate, human and heartfelt, “McEnroe” is the definitive portrait of a force of nature powered by the beating heart of New York.
MCENROE OPENS IN UK AND EIRE CINEMAS FROM 15TH JULY 2022 and premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival 10th June with a UK premiere at Sheffield DocFest on 24th June 2022
Here’s the McEnroe trailer……