JOHN MCENROE

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

02/16/1959

Birthplace:

02/16/1959

Residence:

New York, USA

Height:

5'11'' / 180 cm

Weight:

165 lbs / 75 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

2349

John McEnroe's Strengths

Serve

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Almost 2 times more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (12%)
    * First Serve Won Points (75%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (40%)

Return

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (35%)
    * Received 10% fewer Aces/Service Winners than Average
    * Second Serve Return Points Won (53%)

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 51% of the Points after playing two Forehands Cross in a row
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Long Rallies when played (over 8 shots)
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball (when serving & volleying)
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Won 44% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Backhand

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Backhand Touch on a short ball (when serve & volleying)
    * 40% fewer Points & 10% more Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Backhand Pass
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 48% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 38% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Won 43% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * Backhand Drop Shot (37% of the points when played)

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * More than 2 times more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (70%)
    * Serve & Volley (54% of his total points won)
    * Baseline Approach (8% of his total points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (76%)
    * Chip and Charge (8% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * None

John McEnroe's Game Style

Server

High

John McEnroe was not only an outstanding volleyer, he was also a very effective Server. He won on average almost two times more points with aces/servie winners than his rivals and when his first serve was in 40% of the time it was unreturned.

Puncher

High

From the back of the court, John McEnroe played between a Puncher and a Tempo player. From the Puncher, he had the forehand big take back and the single-handed backhand. However, his game plan was to spend as little time as possible on the baseline.

Tempo Player

Medium-low

From the back of the court, John McEnroe played between a Puncher and a Tempo player. From the Tempo player, he had the court position close to the baseline and the fact that he very often took on the ball on the rise. However, his game plan was to spend as little time as possible on the baseline.

Offensive Player

Very high

John McEnroe was no doubt a dominant Offensive player (Serve & Voleyer). 70% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this result stand much above the general average of the ATP players. When compared with his rivals, he took his biggest edge with the quality of his volley making on average two times more points with that shot than them. His favorite way to come in was the serve & volley (54% of his total points won) but he was also excellent with the return volley (58% of the points won).

Retriever

Very low

Winning only 33% of his points by the errors of his rivals, John McEnroe was nothing but a Retriever. He was far too Offensive to count on his opponents' mistake to win a match.

John McEnroe's Grand Slam Championship Points

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