Throughout the men’s Wimbledon final, Nick Kyrgios vocally went after a lot of people during his match. One notable moment was Kyrgios exclaiming to the umpire how a drunk woman, “who looks like she’s had 700 drinks,” was messing up his play.
If you were watching on ESPN, seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe was on the call. And that made things rather interesting/awkward. McEnroe had outbursts of his own back when he was on top of the tennis world. In fact, the main thing people remember McEnroe by is him shouting “You cannot be serious!” toward an umpire at Wimbledon in 1981.
During the broadcast, McEnroe threw stones in his metaphorical glass house, noting about how Kyrgios should calm down and was sabotaging himself with his outbursts. McEnroe might be right, but he’s not exactly the person who should be pointing that out unless he’s willing to go into his own past.
Keep in mind, McEnroe last played a Grand Slam in 1992 and has made way more money since via doing commercials, hosting game shows, doing guest spots on various TV shows and movies, and hosting Saturday Night Live with the words, “You cannot be serious!” Needless to say, many on social media pointed out the hypocrisy of McEnroe criticizing someone else for getting too emotional on the tennis court.
John McEnroe droning on about how Nick Kyrgios has attitude issues. My brother in Christ, you cannot be serious.
— Shaker Samman (@ShakerSamman) July 10, 2022
John McEnroe diagnosing Nick Kyrgios after the Australian’s self-sabotaging outbursts is a wild moment in the history of broadcasting. I need another degree to properly watch this.
— Jane McManus (@janesports) July 10, 2022
Sorry but it’s hilarious for John McEnroe to say anything about Nick Kyrgios’ behavior
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) July 10, 2022
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) July 10, 2022
There is nothing worse than listening to John McEnroe talk about how Kyrgios needs to act more professional and quit talking
— NEAL (@MrYoung52) July 10, 2022
John McEnroe is sounding a lot like a "Get off my lawn" old white talking about Kyrgios and it's a lot like a pot and kettle situation that makes me feel more uncomfortable for Fowler by the minute
— KJ (@theREALKJ22) July 10, 2022
John McEnroe is the biggest hypocrite when analyzing. Dude saying how Kyrgios should act is laughable
— RP (@Rpatr1) July 10, 2022
McEnroe over here talking about speaking calmly to the umpire like we never watched him play #Wimbledon
— Lisa (@EllCeeGee) July 10, 2022
I’m thinking the last person to be critical of someone “chirping” at Wimbledon is @JohnMcEnroe Didn’t he invent it?
— Dee Menzies (@lovemy2boxers) July 10, 2022
Only person more ridiculous than John McEnroe offering sportsmanship and behavior advice to Nick Kyrgios would be Jimmy Connors. 🙄
— @cclaytonr (@cclaytonr) July 2, 2022
Novak Djokovic wound up winning in four sets for his seventh Wimbledon singles title.