John McEnroe's net worth: How much is the tennis legend worth at the moment?

John McEnroe's net worth: How much is the tennis legend worth at the moment?

Ciku Njuguna
updated at October 14, 2023 at 10:37 AM

John McEnroe dominated the tennis world for nearly three decades, accumulating 155 titles, including 17 major championship wins. Upon retirement, the left-hander, whose overall win percentage remains at an all-time high of 82.4%, went on to have a successful acting career. Dig in as Sports Brief dives into details of John McEnroe's net worth.

John McEnroe net worth in 2023
Team World Laver Cup captain John McEnroe poses for a portrait ahead of the Laver Cup at Rogers Arena on September 21, 2023, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Laver Cup.
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Although McEnroe last played competitively in 1992, his wealth rivals some of the most seasoned athletes of today. Scroll down for a detailed analysis of John McEnroe's net worth and how the Team World captain made all his money.

Profile and bio summary

Full name

John Patrick McEnroe Jr.


Johnny Mac, Superbrat, McBrat, Jaws, Johnny




64 years old as of October 2023

Date of birth

16th February 1959

Zodiac sign


Place of birth

Wiesbaden, Germany

Current residence

Paradise Cove, Malibu, California, USA










180 centimetres (5'11")


75 kilogram (165.3 lbs)

Eye colour


Hair colour



John Patrick McEnroe, Sr.


Katherine 'Kay' Tresham



Relationship status



Patty Smyth




Stanford University

Trinity School

Buckley Country Day School


Retired professional tennis player, sports commentator, actor, talk show host, voice-over artist

Net worth

$100 million

Social media pages

X(Twitter), Website

John McEnroe's net worth

Dive into the world of tennis legend John McEnroe's net worth, where love means millions and grand slams are not just on the court. John's personal details are discussed first, which leads to the discussion about his net worth, earnings, salary and further info about his financial portfolio.


McEnroe (aged 64 years old as of October 2023) was born on 16 February 1959 in Wiesbaden, West Germany. His family moved to Douglaston in Queens, New York, USA, where he was raised in a family of four by US Air Force officer and lawyer John Patrick McEnroe, Sr., and Katherine Tresham, a surgical nurse.

Why is John McEnroe so famous?
John McEnroe of The United States, the partner of Cedric Pioline of France, plays during a Mens Legends match against Pat Cash of Australia and Michael Chang of The United States on day thirteen of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2017, in Paris, France. Photo by Clive Brunskill.
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John's athletic abilities began showing at an early age with advanced hand-eye coordination. According to anecdotes from his father, McEnroe's advanced hand-eye coordination enabled him to play bat-and-ball at only two years of age.

McEnroe's athletic ability extended to soccer and basketball. He played in the point guard position for his high school basketball team and led in scores for the school's soccer team for four years.

Did McEnroe come from a wealthy family?

Several reports suggest John comes from an affluent family. Although he attended Trinity School, a top-rated, expensive Ivy League preparatory school in Manhattan, he acknowledged his father's sacrifice in providing for the family. In an interview with the Guardian, he said,

Is John McEnroe the best tennis player ever?
John McEnroe serves Björn Borg during the Men's Singles Final match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 5th July 1980 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England. Photo by Steve Powell/Allsport.
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"My dad worked two jobs to provide for the family before he became a lawyer. He loved nothing more than spending time with us at the weekend or watching us boys at sports practice."


In his bio, the International Tennis Hall of Famer described Johnny Mac as 'Pablo Picasso using a racquet instead of a paintbrush'. At eight, he began playing and training at the Douglaston Club and later the Port Washington Tennis Academy with two sports legends, Tony Palafox and Harry 'Hop' Hopman.

John played the sport through high school and later joined Stanford University on a tennis scholarship. In 1978, he not only led Stanford University's tennis team to an NCAA Championship but also ranked sixth in the world doubles and fifth in the world singles ranking.

Why is John McEnroe so rich?
McEnroe celebrates during his Men's Legends Doubles match with Patrick McEnroe against Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson during day six of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Darrian Traynor.
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The 1980 Singles World No. 1 player who has branded himself as the official voice of teen angst built a reputation for emotional outbursts and tantrums on the court. The left-hander, whose most famous tennis tantrums of all time in a 1981 match against Tom Gullikson shot him to fame, told GQ Sports,

"I remember trying to go on the practice court and saying, "Today I am not going to get upset." Even in practice, I could not do it. How would I do it in a match with many people calling out insults? The temperature was like it is today in New York, 95°. Trying to keep your temper in check when someone's yelling at you and you are playing someone who wants to beat you, is not easy."

Between the 1970s and the early 2000s, Johnny Mac accumulated numerous titles and awards. He held a career win/loss record of 1409-301, with 877-198 in Singles and 532-103 in Doubles. Here is a summary of some of John McEnroe's major titles.




Singles winner: 1981, 1983, and 1984

Doubles winner: 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992

US Open

Singles winner: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984

Doubles winner: 1979, 1981, 1983,1989

Australian Open

Singles semi-finalist: 1983

Doubles semi-finalist: 1989

French Open

Singles finalist: 1984

Mixed doubles winner: 1977

What did John McEnroe do after tennis?

In 1992, John debuted in sports media as a commentator on NBC's French Open and Wimbledon coverage. Since then, he has become a familiar voice as a sports analyst for the Tennis Channel, CBS, and ESPN.

Did John McEnroe come from a wealthy family?
John McEnroe performs onstage at the Citi Taste Of Tennis celebration at Tavern On the Green on August 26, 2021, in New York City. Photo by Craig Barritt/AYS Sports Marketing.
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What movies has John McEnroe been in?

Most prominently, Johnny Mac was one of the main narrators for Never Have I Ever, a coming-of-age Netflix series. The tennis legend, who has produced two TV series, McEnroe's Places and 2018 Laver Cup, the voice-over artist is also expected to co-star in an upcoming film, The Trainer. Here is a summary of movies and TV series that he has appeared in, according to his IMDb profile:

  1. Boom! Boom! The World Vs. Boris Becker (2023)
  2. Break Point (2023)
  3. Never Have I Ever (2020 - 2023)
  4. Larry Bell: Artist (2019)
  5. Ocean's Eight (2018)
  6. Jack and Jill (2011)
  7. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
  8. The Argentine Miracle of Tennis (2016)
  9. Venus and Serena (2012)
  10. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007)
Is John McEnroe rich?
Retired tennis player John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth, attend the Vanity Fair 95th Oscars Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 12, 2023. Photo by Michael Tran/AFP.
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What does John McEnroe do for a living?

In September 2010, he established the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in partnership with SPORTIME. He later founded the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a nonprofit organisation that aims to introduce the sport to under-resourced children in New York City. At the time of writing, the organisation has reached more than 12,500 students through community programs and scholarships.

In August 2021, the tennis legend announced a career transition to voice narration. The 1979 Doubles World No. 1 has partnered with Squarespace to create an online voice-acting portfolio that includes voicemails, navigation systems, radio advertisements, virtual assistants, and film.

How much is John McEnroe's net worth?

What is the most recent estimate of tennis player John McEnroe's net worth? The 2000 United States Davis Cup team captain is one of the richest tennis players of all time. As of 2023, John McEnroe's net worth is estimated to be about $100 million.

Sports Brief has analysed his career earnings, tournament prizes, appearance feed, sponsorships, and off-court endorsements. Scroll down and discover how much money John McEnroe made in his career.

How much prize money has John McEnroe won?

Tabloids estimate that he has earned $4,375,680 in prize money as he made his pro debut in 1978. According to the ATP Tour, his combined career prize money for Singles and Doubles is $12,552,132.


Early in his career, John was infamous for his fiery outbursts at line judges and umpires. However, the left-hander, who labelled match officials as the absolute pits of the world, would later become famous for his antics and received a bonus every time he mentioned his catchphrase, 'You Cannot Be Serious' during his senior career.

How much is Johnny McEnroe worth?
American tennis player John McEnroe reacts after winning the final of the Men's Singles tournament against Björn Borg of Sweden to become champion at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London on 4th July 1981. Photo by Leo Mason/Popperfoto.
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Exhibition match fees

Reports suggest that the 2013 Davis Cup Commitment awardee received up to $500,000 in exhibition fees for the 2010 ATP Champions Tour. In 2014, ticket sales in exhibition matches organised by Casa de Campo ranged between $50 and $75. Details of his earnings from the tournament were not revealed to the public.

Match appearance fees

A 1982 report by The Washington Post exposed some of the world's top tennis players for receiving match appearance fees between $100,000 and $125,000. The alleged players in question included legends such as Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ivan Lendl and McEnroe. However, McEnroe's father denied the allegations, as the practice is widely frowned upon.

Speaking fees

According to his AAE Speakers' profile, the retired Hall of Famer receives up to $200,000 for live speaking engagements and up to $100,000 for virtual events. The commentator speaks on a range of topics, including sports, motivation, entertainment, television and film.

How much does John McEnroe get paid for commentating?

In 2023, the BBC came under fire because of John's salary. McEnroe received a heftier wage, between $251,900 and $256,800, compared to his colleagues.

How did John McEnroe make all his money?
Never Have I Ever writer and producer Mindy Kaling takes a photo with John McEnroe during the Women's Singles Final match between Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka during the 2023 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 09, 2023, in the Flushing neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Elsa.
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Who is the richest pro tennis player?

Roger Federer was the world’s highest-paid tennis player from 2007- 2022, with an estimated $95 million a year before his retirement. Novak Djokovic is the new champion of Forbes’ 2023 tennis earnings list, hauling in an estimated $38.4 million.

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As per Forbes, John McEnroe commented on Roger Federer’s team after winning the 2023 Laver Cup title against Europe (13-2) in September 2023. He stated:

“It felt unbelievable to win. They have beat us many times.”

The tennis veteran has honed various talents and skills that have played a role in his wealth. John McEnroe's net worth indicates how retired sports players can use their alternative skills and talents to grow their careers.

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Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.