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Welcome back -- -- he's won eight Grand Slam singles titles and was one of the top ten best tennis players in the world for sixteen years.
-- recently sat down with the tennis legend to talk about his new book -- outsider and his life on and off the court.
-- congress I have and it's a huge fan -- yours.
I I almost hope that it rains are in the US open upon watching -- because and they they play that classic match and in your later years when -- -- a great comeback right there I was 39 and then had a great run at the open and then.
Can I say in the book that I was my best eleven days in my career and and the reason I say that -- is -- in Ottawa won a lot of tournaments and played a lot of great tennis but.
To end up at 39 to have a crowd really get into it the way they did the fans at the US open fans that's on -- that's echo every year so I'm a great time.
You -- -- -- -- things.
I love about sports this kind of simple sports -- life the harder you work.
The better the results great life plus it's well it is -- one on one the tennis was one on one end and to to get -- into it to learn from an early age.
You learn how to compete -- -- sure your -- your own age how to deal with that you're right wins and losses.
Things don't always go well you have to overcome adversity and then learn how to two to deal with all that.
But I I think from -- standpoint and and then from my news from my standpoint is tennis gave me the opportunity learn how to deal with things that would come in the future.
Right or wrong it was still a part of that at some point in the -- said that in between number one and a hundred does not really a whole lot skill wise different.
Between the players.
There's and that intangible.
-- heart exactly and then what I always looks like for example my my favorite hockey player.
And I was the only one of my friends to keep my -- believe it and how.
My favorite hockey -- Bobby Clarke.
For the Philadelphia Flyers as he tried so hard right I was watching you because you knew you bleeding on -- court.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He did to be able to to walk off after every match and to feel that I did feel it or leave it out there and gave it everything I had that's really the only thing I could ask for.
You know growing up in the end and playing in such great competition that.
Do you not gonna win all the time they believe he's got to get the feeling that even though you do lose you take something out of that -- if you win you can take something out of that also and not everybody can can -- all the time.
This is going on and -- working hard and on Jimmy hit it doesn't go well believe me I tried I tried I tried you know to avoid that at all costs but I just doesn't happen you're playing against too many great athletes and then too many things can happen.
But but it's -- hard in the mind.
You know from my standpoint.
You -- the number one to number 100 there's a small group because they all play.
Great tennis it's it's what they're able to bring.
And more than that -- counts and that's one of the best you loves to play McEnroe.
-- -- in the book more than anybody insensitive well why McEnroe and Honeywell is now quite you know buddies -- any sort of yeah rivalry -- buddies and sort of I don't think that -- -- leave.
-- I like playing him because he brought out the absolute best to make.
And he was a mirror image of myself outside of his game his strengths of Bruce my -- the return of serve -- my aggressive groundstrokes that.
But watching him play and then knowing that I had to be better than than -- normally could be.
It just made me feel like going out there and if I could reached -- -- accomplish that then -- things would.
You know take another step forward this is a a brutally honest book and I was actually surprised that he revealed things in this book that.
He you know you don't even have to reveal everything in you -- -- did.
Everybody was always curious and I even remember very well when you would debate you had dating Chris Everett.
And for the first time -- -- kinda have revealed some pretty intimate stuff about her she's never gonna talk to you again team up.
I don't she does now but you're and you see what did you why did you feel he had to -- that -- well I think you know went back in the end looked to my life through three different set of eyes and then had time because I am sixty now.
Standing you know we had we had a great relationship and then we are always under the microscope and then feel both winning at the time -- -- top players however whether it was a very difficult time -- You know that is what's so hard about being number one well well I mean you know when you're that young hero and a lot of lot of other things going on two and everybody wanted to be getting orders.
Of course and you know going and then they're bringing that out there you know was you know painful for both of us and then you -- did you walk.
Did you think a lot about putting out there did you -- that -- -- put -- back take it out of -- Did that you know what it's it's.
It is my life story Sean and and I you know I -- put it in their very suddenly and in and they and then went on there's 400 other pages and how I I agree I guess and they stood out obviously is but I and I might -- -- even your own personal life I mean you admitted to personal failures.
In in the book so you brutally honest too about things about yourself that you didn't have to reveal.
I love the book as a big tennis fan of yours for many years it's -- a pleasure beach it's because we appreciate you thank you.
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