You CANNOT be serious! Get a load of McEnroe's idea to fix tennis
JUN 22, 2014 11:07p ET
John McEnroe never had much use for tennis officials during his career, and so now he has an idea for spicing up the sport: Just get rid of them.
Now, your response to his comments in a pre-Wimbledon interview with the Guardian may be "You cannot be serious" -- and maybe he isn't -- but here goes anyway:
"Do away with the umpires and linesmen completely. ... But you'd have a challenge system, obviously, and it would have to be on every court, that goes without saying.
"You'd have a system where the players would call their own lines. All of a sudden things would get a whole lot edgier. But you could challenge it. Say the guy was, like, blatantly cheating and you challenge, people would be, like, 'Boo!' People would get way more into it. And then you'd be, like: 'See this guy? This guy is such a cheater!'
"It would be unbelievable for tennis, I promise you. The problem is, there's no way in hell they'll do it. But I guarantee you that tennis would be like 30 percent more interesting."
And if somehow tennis had such a system back when McEnroe was playing Jimmy Connors, it would have been a whole lot more than 30 percent.