"He'd say Relax man, you're too wound up": John McEnroe commemorates Jimmy Buffett with main lesson learnt from their friendship

Sunday, 14 April 2024 at 04:00
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John McEnroe appeared at a tribute event for Jimmy Buffett, honoring the legendary singer at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night. The 7-times Grand Slam champion spoke about his friendship with the late American singer, businessman, and film producer.
At the event "Keep The Party Going: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett," John McEnroe talked about the friendship that bound them and how Buffett helped him learn to relax: "He’d say, ‘Relax, man! You’re too f–king wound up!’," McEnroe said. "And of course he was right. So about the last 15, 20 years since I’ve been around Jimmy, I’ve tried to live by his credo."
Throughout his career, the former world No. 1 was known for his constant disputes with umpires and tantrums during tournaments, such as when he cursed at the chair umpire at the 1987 US Open and received a two-month suspension and over $17,000 in fines. This contrasts with the harmonious and relaxing melodies of his friend Buffett in songs like "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
"I think Jimmy probably had more friends and more fans than anyone I know, and I’m proud to say I was a friend of his," McEnroe continued at the tribute event.
"The guy always had a twinkle in his eye. He always had a smile on his face. He always seemed to be having such a damn f–king good time," John McEnroe said. "I mean, one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met is Jimmy Buffett, and I’m glad that I’m here tonight," he added.

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