Макенроу: Тенисът е прекалено консервативен, играех така, за да го направя по-интересен

Още преди да е започнал разговора, още преди да седне срещу него журналистът, който го интервюира, той извръща глава встрани и казва на мениджъра, организирал интервюто: „Уморен съм, искам да се прибера в стаята си“. Бившият тенисист, същият този, който разчупи всички модели на своя спорт и се противопостави на установения ред, сега говори със сдържаност отпивайки от своето кафе с мляко.

Въпреки че е близо до 60-годишнината си външният вид на Джон Макенроу изглежда все същия. Запазил е основното – облика на самодоволен и безгрижен човек, отдаден на живота. С небрежна тениска и маратонки. Нахлупил  е и шапка с козирка, която скрива прошарената му коса, която обаче няма нищо с онези къдрици, когато той беше на корта. Времето е било снизходително към него. Фин, строен – само някои бръчки по лицето му издават в какъв етап от живота си е.

Говори с много отчетлив нюйоркски акцент – много янки, въпреки че във вените му тече ирландска кръв. Съдбата е отредила той да се роди във военна база в Федерална република Германия, където е бил разпределен баща му – член на Военновъздушните сили на САЩ. Ри завръщането в САЩ той обаче отрасва по улиците на Дъгластън в небезивестния Куинс.

Веднага след завръщането, още 7-годишен хваща ракетата. Още тогава се вижда, че има много повече заложби от братята си Марк и Патрик – последният в момента е негов партньор на двойки в турнирите за ветерани. От тогава Макенроу е неразривно свързан с тениса – спорт, който изисква голяма доза всеотдайност за всички онези, които го практикуват професионално.

– Защо?

– Очевидно е, че е важна част от живота ми. Постигнал съм една добра комбинация – тренирам, играя, изявявам се като коментатор и освен това имам академия, в която показвам на малките как се прави. Бих казал, че ми е дал много, но не всичко. Винаги гледам и отвъд, гледам неща извън тениса.

– Това са много години, много часове. Не е ли имало момент, в който да го намразите?

– Мисля, че във всяка работа има един момент, в който не я харесваш и я мразиш. Казват, че омразата е форма на любов. Когато всичко се подрежда и върви – тогава всичко е фантастично. Но има и случаи, когато излизаш на корта, започваш да играеш и нито една топка не влиза. Тогава се питаш защо правиш всичко това. И естествено, тогава не ти харесва.

Известен с това, че винаги атакува, винаги излиза на мрежата. Биг Мак – така го помни света, завоюва 77 трофея на сингъл и 70 на двойки. Спечели 7 титли от Големия шлем и беше главен участник в големи съперничества с Бьорн Борг, Джими Конърс и Иван Лендъл. С красотата на играта си, със своята на практика отсъстваща игра от линията и постоянна атака на мрежата, псувните, счупените ракети, непрекъснати безобразия… се превърна в марка, която се помни и до днес и го прави един от най-великите. В известен смисъл Макенроу беше анархист, грозен елемент в чистата и възпитана среда на тениса.

– Смятате ли, самият Вие, че сте били антисистемен играч?

– Не, изобщо не. Не смятам, че съм бил политически некоректен. Не знам, смятам че тенисът е прекалено  консервативен спорт. Играех така, защото много неща ме отегчаваха и се опитвах да го направя по-интересен. Там, където аз съм израснал, това е нормално. В Ню Йорк е нормално хората да викат по цял ден. Не е нещо необичайно.

Сега заговаря Макенроу нюйоркчанинът, човекът, който се разхожда по „Сохо“ и който често се отбива до „Медисън Скуеър Гардън“ за мачовете на Никс. Човек, който публично се е обявил за демократ, въпреки че на президентските избори в САЩ показа, че видимо е останал разочарован от своята кандидатка.

– Какво мислите за политиците? По принцип.

– Като цяло политиката е нещо достатъчно жестоко. Очевидно, да бъдеш политик е трудно, но според мен е и нещо неблагодарно. Оставам си в тениса. Ясно е.

– Сега начело е Тръмп. Какво мислите за него?  На някои места по света не гледат с добро око на него?

– Противоречив е, безспорно. Бих казал, че е симпатичен човек. Но дотам, не би трябвало да е президент на САЩ. Там трябва да бъде поставена чертата. От там нататък не трябва да е президент на нищо. Е, разбира се на своята компания, защото е успял да превърне името си в марка. Но дотам. За всичко останало Големия Доналдо е прекалено далеч. Виждал съм го много пъти, защото живея в Ню Йорк, и той е като измислен герой. И сега… имаме президент с оранжева коса, и ако не се лъжа е единственият държавен глава в света с оранжева коса (усмихва се).

– Веднъж бяхте казали, че сте очаквали Барак Обама да извърши повече промени. Разочаровани ли сте по някакъв начин от него?

– Мисля, че имаше много препятствия за преодоляване. Останах разочарован, но не за всичко вината беше негова. Вината беше и на други хора, които по един или друг начин му попречиха. Според мен си мислеше, че може да работи с хора, които всъщност не искаха да работят с него. Смятам, че направи грешка. Мисля, че го подведоха. Нямаше да го оставят. Мислеха – О, имаме първия чернокож президент, но няма да го оставим да свърши нищо. Сложно е.

Джон Макенроу живее в Голямата ябълка заедно със съпругата си – певицата Пати Смит. Преди това има още един брак с актрисата Тейтъм О’Нийл – в продължение на 8 години от 1986-а до 1994-та. Връзката с първата му жена беше доста бурна и белязана от дрога и други подобни. Общо той има пет деца – три от първия му брак – Кевин, Шон и Емили, и две от втория – Ейва и Анна. Тенисът и рекламните договори му осигуряват добър живот. В действителност Макенроу е един от първите спортисти, подписали договор с „Найки“.

И към днешна дата е в центъра на вниманието. Телевизии го канят за анализатор, коментира мачове и дори има собствена поредица в „Евроспорт“. И преди всичко обича музиката. Пее, свири на китара и обича рокенрол.

– Да, рокът е моята музика. Но класически рок. Класически като мен.

– Като Лу Рийд?

– Дааа. Лу Рийд беше страхотен…

– Каква друга страст имате?

– Изкуството. Пленен съм от изкуството. Намирам го за много интересно, защото да го наблюдаваш и колекционираш ти доставя голямо удоволствие и удовлетворение. Една част от мозъка ви е отдадена на съревнованието  и  играта, но друга е отдадена на размишления и разсъждения.

– Какъв тип изкуство Ви е любимото?

– Харесвам всичко.

Разговорът отново отива в посока спорт. Докато отпива кафе, Макенроу бързо прави съпоставка между вчера и днес, миналото и настоящето. Спортистите преди и съвременните звезди.

-Лукс, слава, маркетинг, медии… Живее ли днешният спортист в измислена реалност?

– Чисто и просто мисля, че това определено е различно време от моето. В спорта живееш в свой собствен свят. Това е така. Понякога не си наясно с външния свят. Може би понякога това е добре, да си изолиран от света, но понякога не е. Да бъдеш професионален спортист е хубаво, озоваваш се в хубава обстановка, но не бива да губиш правилната перспектива за света.

– Допинг, интриги, корупция. Не мислите ли, че е една важна част от спорта вече е опорочена?

– Важна част? Не мисля. Особено за тениса. Нашият спорт е голям. Неизбежно е. Във всеки един спорт се случват неща, които не би искал да се случват, има много играчи, които просто играят пари. Вярвам, че онези, които мамят просто би трябвало да бъдат наказани до живот. Но смятам, че трябва да подобрим работата си с играчите от по-ниско ниво, за да могат и те да имат повече възможности за развитие. Понякога, когато играят на малки турнири…, не е добре. Ако им платят, за да загубят един мач… Трудно е да се контролира това.

– За завършек. Матс Виландер обяви в едно интервю, че е щастлив, че не играе тенис в днешно време, защото настоящият тенис не му харесва. Споделяте ли мнението му?

– Не, изобщо. Бих бил очарован да играя срещу днешните тенисисти и да тренирам пет години по начина, по който те го правят, за да разбера колко добър бих могъл да стана. Защото знам, че мога да бъда по-добър от тях. Бих искал, само за да видя колко съм добър.

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