John McEnroe tried to cure his infamous temper using multiple psychologists and psychiatrists during the height of his controversial career – and has now admitted that his marriage to his film star wife was wrecked by infidelity and cocaine.
Born in West Germany in 1959 before a move to New York, McEnroe went on to become one of the most successful and high-profile professional tennis players by winning seven Grand Slam singles titles from the late 1970s to early 1980s.
Famed for his anger, which was at times directed at himself as well as opponents and officials, during his time on the court – his life away from the sport just as eye-catching.
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As part of an upcoming documentary film, simply titled McEnroe, the 63-year-old has looked back with brutal honesty on his life and the mistakes he made along the way.
As well as his relationship with his late alcoholic father, McEnroe admits infidelity in his first marriage to Oscar-winning actress Tatum O'Neal while opening up about being ashamed of certain actions.
He says: "I don’t think infidelity helps. I believe that’s the end of the end."
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The Sun report that McEnroe, who calls his former self a "stupid f****** moron" while watching past footage, also admits to have taken cocaine during his younger days.
McEnroe, who is now a relaxed father to his five children, also admits that seeing as many as 37 psychologists and psychiatrists could not kerb his anger on the court.
He admits: "I would dwell on tennis matches when I could have been a better dad."
The worldwide star began hanging out at New York's famous Studio 54 nightclub during the height of his fame, and enjoyed meeting screaming fans both at home and aboard.
He says: "It was incredible to go round the world making money and meeting girls."
McEnroe found a settled life with second wife Patty Smyth, with whom he shares two children and raised the three he had with Tatum.
Patty says during the documentary: "I married a bad boy who turned out to be a really good man." McEnroe is set to land in cinemas on July 15.
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