John McEnroe won 3 titles at Wimbledon, where the Hall of Famer first burst to international fame — his curly hair piled high atop his complex and often angry head as he battled the sedate, imperturbable Bjorn Borg in 1980. For decades now, it’s been McEnroe’s voice — not his competitive fire — that puts its stamp on Wimbledon for American viewers. This year McEnroe is trying to bring both his gifts to the famed grass courts. He’s not just set to announce — he’s also imparting his know-how and competitive fire to Canadian Milos Raonic.
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Ranked World No. 7, Raonic hired McEnroe as a special consultant leading up to Wimbledon. Raonic, 6’4″ with a powerful serve and great speed, has all the tools to win his first Grand Slam here on the grass — and McEnroe knows it. On being hired Johnny Mac said there are “only 5 or 6” guys who can win Wimbledon — and Raonic is one of them. The two are on the grounds together getting ready now. They’re smiling in the photo below, but they mean business. Pro Liam Brody reports he had a “great hit” with Raonic and McEnroe.