Since his retirement, McEnroe has become an outspoken advocate for the game. At times, he has pushed for major changes, including the reintroduction of wooden racquets to restore more finesse and artistry to the sport.
But he does not necessarily agree with those who have pushed to allow for more crowd noise and even music during matches. Such noise is embraced at World TeamTennis matches but is generally frowned upon at tour events.
“The guy [Monday] night was playing music every two seconds - maybe I’m getting too old, I like music - but I didn’t like it after a while,” McEnroe said. “It was a joke. It takes away from the match, personally I think. You can’t hear yourself think out there.”