John McEnroe, one of the most well-known names in tennis, has had a successful career as a player and a commentator. Born in Germany to American parents, John McEnroe moved to New York City when he was a year old. He started playing tennis at a young age and was enrolled in the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association when he was nine. Later on, he joined the Port Washington Tennis Academy, which helped him establish his career as a professional tennis player.
McEnroe’s unique left-handed shot-making, improvisation, and superior skills at the net, along with his cat-like reflexes, made him one of the greatest players of all time. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles and nine doubles titles during his career, with an impressive win percentage of 81.5 percent in singles and 83.7 percent in doubles. In 1999, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. However, little is known about his personal life, especially his marriage to Patricia ‘Patty’ Smyth. In this article, we delve into their love story and what makes their marriage unique.
Love Story Of John McEnroe And Patty Smyth
Patty Smyth is a singer and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Scandal. She later recorded and performed as a solo artist, reaching the Top 10 with her hit duet with Don Henley, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” in the 1990s. She was previously married to Richard Hell, with whom she shares a daughter named Ruby Meyers.
John McEnroe and Patty Smyth met at a Christmas party in 1993, and they went on their first date eight months later. At the time, McEnroe was separated from his first wife, the Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal. Smyth, on the other hand, was raising her daughter Ruby as a single mother.
In 1997, two years after the birth of their daughter Anna, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth tied the knot. In an interview with People, Smyth shared that keeping a low profile was one of the reasons behind their long marriage. She stated, “For me, it was a superstition thing. I didn’t want to be like, ‘Hey, look at us, we’re this happy couple.’ I just thought if I kept it on the down-low, I had this gut feeling that we would stay together — if I threw it out to the world, that we wouldn’t — because I’ve seen that happen so many times.”
Know About The Couple’s Children
John McEnroe and Patty Smyth have two daughters together, Anna and Ava McEnroe. McEnroe was previously married to Tatum O’Neal, and they have three children together, Kevin, Sean, and Emily McEnroe. After their divorce, they were awarded joint custody of their children, but in 1998, McEnroe was granted sole custody due to O’Neal’s struggles with drug addiction.
John Was Previously Married To Tatum O’Neal
John was previously married to Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal. The couple tied the knot in 1986 and had three children together – Kevin, Sean, and Emily McEnroe.
Their marriage, however, was not a smooth ride. McEnroe and O’Neal were known for their tumultuous relationship, with both parties reportedly struggling with drug addiction. In 1992, O’Neal was arrested for buying crack cocaine, and McEnroe filed for divorce two years later.
After their separation, McEnroe and O’Neal were awarded joint custody of their children. However, due to O’Neal’s continued drug use, McEnroe was granted sole custody of their kids in 1998.