You can't be serious, says McEnroe again

Jun 29, 2013, 03:32 IST | Dileep Mehta

There is no shortage of greats in the BBC commentary box at the All England Club.

Presenter Sue Baker is more than just a regular. Then, there is Tracy Austin, the former American star, who won the US Open in 1979 and 1981. Among the gentlemen, John McEnroe and Boris Becker are the biggest names.

John McEnroe
John McEnroe

It’s routine for the commentary team to be on Centre Court before the start of proceedings and enlighten viewers with player profiles.

McEnroe’s ‘You can’t be serious’ comment to umpire Edward James over a call during a first-round match against fellow American Tom Gullikson in the 1981 Championships is unforgettable here.

McEnroe uttered these words again on Wednesday during a game which he was commentating on. He picked up a line call sharply which was right but the chair umpire ruled it out. When the player asked for Hawkeye to decide the point, it turned out to be right and McEnroe exclaimed: “You can’t be

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