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John’s tantrums n all July 2, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in humor, sport, videos.

Meet Alan Mills :

The match referee at The Championships of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club from 1982 until 2005, he had the task of deciding when to stop play.

Thats not the most interesting part of course.

Mills was the assistant match referee in 1981 when McEnroe blew his top and called umpire Ted James “the pits of the world”. The referee had a more polite exchange after McEnroe hammered Connors 6-1 6-1 6-2 in the 1984 final. “I then went towards John, who had just come back from celebrating with his parents. I said, ‘Congratulations, John. That was the finest display of tennis I have seen. In my thinking you only made four unforced errors.’ He looked at me with his usual cheeky grin and said, ‘Alan, I think you are right but I make it two unforced errors and two bad bounces.’ That’s the sort of relationship we had at the end of it.

Here are some videos on what Mcenroe used to be like.



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