McEnroe Gets Serious

11 January 2013 #423

Cover Story: McEnroe Gets Serious

His last Grand Slam tournament victory was in 1984; he retired from the professional circuit in 1992; he has children who are older than he was when people first noticed him in the late 1970s. But John McEnroe remains one of the most popular, and interesting, people in tennis. Glimpses of him playing – in YouTube clips or even on the slowed-down seniors circuit – can spark nostalgia for the way the game used to be. On the eve of another Australian Open, a tournament in which he experienced both highs and lows, we catch up with the still stormy court genius.

Anthony Morris gives his verdict on the new Alfred Hitchcock biopic starring Anthony Hopkins; Samuel J Fell finds out why bluesman Gary Clark Jr is earning Hendrix comparisons; Rebecca Harkins-Cross reviews the first season of Girls; we present scenes from a train station in Sri Lanka in ‘Roving Eye’ and Helen Razer uses the word ‘awesome’ SIX times in her column.

This edition’s ‘Vendor Profile’ is James from Sydney. And we have ‘Streetsheet’ contributions from Heba in Melbourne, Mark W in Adelaide, Stephen in Brisbane, Frank in Perth, and Carol in Bendigo. We also have a great photo of vendor Don, who has been selling The Big Issue in Broome since late last year. (There’s even more Don-related coverage on the ‘Your Say’ page, including a large clipping from the Broome Advertiser.)

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