-How are you? -I am exhilarated to be here. -I thank you very much. -Right. Exhausted little bit
from the last couple weeks. But it ended with a blast. I mean, it was amazing match
in the final. And Serena got to the final. So that was good.
-It was a great U.S. Open. It’s obviously very exciting
to have tennis in New York City. You mentioned both exhilaration
and exhaustion. And I feel like that must been
what it felt like on Sunday night
with a five-hour men’s final. You were in the booth
with your brother, Patrick. -Yes.
-Do you ever — Did you feel an exhaustion
sitting in on yourself, or did you feel the excitement
of the match? -I have — If you get exhausted watching
two guys battle like that, there’s something wrong
with you. You’re a little
sick in the head. -Yeah.
-And for us, you know, the men, to go at it like that,
I mean, I’ve played matches — a couple matches longer
than that, so I get it, and I respect it. So I was having a great time. We know there’s a tie breaker in
the fifth set. So it could only go
another 20, 30 minutes. What’s another half-hour?
So it was — It ended great. -And what — Do you feel like
the energy in New York City for a match like that is
different than any other place where you have a major final
like this? -Without question. Did anyone see the final? [ Cheers and applause ] I was lucky enough to be part
of five U.S. Open finals. And that may have been one of
the loudest, if not the loudest, when this, you know, Medvedev,
this Russian guy, came back and took it
to a fifth set. So it inspires the players,
obviously. It’s absolutely incredible. We need a shot in the arm
for our sport. We — The women are doing well. [ Light applause ]
But, you know, the men, the — Thank you.
-[ Laughs ] [ Cheers and applause ] I do have four daughters
and two boys. So I — You know,
how much it means now that the playing field
is more level in women’s game in our sport
than any other sport. You know, you talked about —
I’ve heard that soccer joke. -Yeah.
-That was just — the previous —
-Yeah, yeah. -Basketball.
There’s no football. You know, they’re getting paid
1/20th, 1/50th what the men do. In tennis, exactly the same.
Equal prize money. [ Cheers and applause ]
-What — if you were — Very — Absolutely true. And it’s exactly as exciting
going into the finals. And there were two great stories
this year. You mention the men
need a shot in the arm. What do you think it is that’s lacking right now
for the men’s game? -Well, I think that our best
athletes have a tendency to play American football
and basketball, obviously. So we have — we need
to do a better job giving more kids
the opportunity to play. It’s too expensive. You know, I have a tennis
academy at Randall’s Island. I try to raise money
with the charity. Get as many kids as possible. It’s got to be
a cool factor, too. I think we had that a bit
in the ’70s and ’80s when I was playing,
not just because I was playing. -Yeah, well,
but let’s be honest, yeah. [ Laughter ] Well, one thing we were
talking about earlier today, knowing you were coming
on the show, you know, I feel like the prime
of a tennis player in the ’70s was a lot shorter
than it is now. You know, it just seems like the way health
and fitness has changed, the way even the equipment
has changed. For a shorter period of time that guys in the ’70s
were playing, you had such a huge impact
on the game. And I do feel like
there was a huge cool factor to what you were all doing.
-I think we were the doing — the problem we were doing — we were performance
detracting drugs. -Yeah, yeah, performance — Yeah, nothing you were doing
made you better at tennis. -We tried to burn a candle
at both ends. And, you know,
it works for a while. But it catches up to you
a little sooner. These guys are incredible.
They got great teams. People understand how to recover
quicker, et cetera. But that was a great time
in tennis. There was a lot of personality. You need that
in a one-on-one sport. That’s why people gravitate
toward this Medvedev guy. -Yeah.
-He embraced being the bad guy, which is something
that I sort of wish Djokovic would do
a little bit more of, play the villain.
We need a villain. I know nothing
about being a villain. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] But, you know, he — and people, the fans
got behind him at the end. -You — Of course you were —
You were literally — the fact that you were known for
a little bit of bad behavior. Was it ever — [ Laughter ]
-Just a little bit. -Was it genuinely that you were losing a temper
you couldn’t control? Or was there some
gamesmanship to it? Was it a strategy to get
in the head of your opponent by losing your temper
with, say, the judge? -Well, if all it takes to get
in the head of an opponent is you getting — telling
a judge that he sucks, okay. -Yeah. -What are the odds of the umpire
giving me the next call? I mean, if you tell this guy
he’s a bum, you know, the next — he’s going to go,
“I’ll show that McEnroe.” So, to me, that was sour grapes
if that’s all it took. -Right, right.
-With all that goes on — like, say in a football game
on Sunday, you think they’re saying, “Hello.
How are you?” on the field? Or basketball?
There’s a lot of trash-talking. We used to do more of that. I’d like to see a little bit
more in the tennis. [ Laughter ] -So there was
genuine trash talk. Of course, one of your rivals —
Bjorn Borg, there you are there. And he is genuinely
a dear friend of yours now, yes? -I love him.
Hopefully, he loves me. He’s probably —
He’s probably the only guy that I didn’t have problems with
on the court. -Oh, so you never
had an issue with him? -We never had a problem. He took me, you know,
under his wing, in a way. And I got respect
because of that. ‘Cause he was already,
like, a god. You know, he was like Federer
at the time. You know, everyone loved him. And he was this
great-looking guy. Dressed right.
The girls loved him. So I was like,
“I want to be like him.” -And he was the only guy
who was nice to you. Do you feel like that means he
was a good judge of character or just a bad judge? Was it a blind spot that he was like,
“I like this McEnroe kid”? -What do you think? [ Laughter ] -So, the first time
you go to Wimbledon, is it — Are you 17 years old? Are you — -I was 18 the first time I went.
-18 years old. -And you talked about
how guys have great teams now. And there’s — You know,
nutrition has, obviously, advanced so much.
But what was it like — The tour did not take care
of you in the same way then as it does now.
-No. -You know, it was an incredible
time in England in the ’70s. You know, punk was breaking out. People were getting on me. You know, it was like
oil and water. Me, a New York kid. I mean, you’re screaming
and yelling all the time. People are, you know — They
give you their opinion, right? Over there,
they’re much more reserved. They’re very proper. I was like, “What’s wrong
with these people?” -[ Laughs ] Yeah. -“You know, they’re so
well behaved here.” And so, you know,
we clashed right away. But I got a lot of support.
I got to say, like, if you walked down
the equivalent of, well, I don’t know what street
you can — Kings Road in London. It would be Lexington.
I don’t know. -Yeah.
-And they got a lot of support. There was, like, some
freaky people around. But they were supportive. The establishment
and the papers, which were owned
by Rupert Murdoch — You may know him —
-Yeah. -They were giving me
a very hard time. And there’s a lot more
newspapers in London than there are here. There was 15 local papers. So that makes it where
they looking to get you. -Did you —
Were you somebody that — You know, you’re 18 years old.
And you were supposed to — Your first run to, I think, the semifinals?
-Semifinals. -So that was kind of
unexpected, right? You were actually supposed to be
there to play in the juniors. You end going on
a sort of unexpected run. Were you somebody then
who would read the paper? I mean, you’re in London
having this incredible run. You’re 18 years old.
-Initially, I read it. I thought it was
the funniest thing ever. I thought,
“These people don’t get it. What’s their problem?
I’m the one out there. You know, how — Why are they
reacting this way?” But when I came home,
and everyone was like, “Hey, you the brat that —
you know, jerk that” — and I’m like, “What do you mean?
I’m the same person.” So it just — you know, actually, that completely
changed my life, you know, that first trip
to Europe and then in London. And it just got — It went on
from there for about five years till I finally won the event. -Yeah. So that’s ’81 you went — -I said, “I’m never coming back
to this Goddamn place again.” “These people
are so full of it.” [ Laughter ]
-Is this Wimbledon? Is this winning at Wimbledon?
-That’s my first Wimbledon. -There you go.
-Yeah. Yay! -Yeah, there you go. [ Cheers and applause ] -It was a long time ago.
-It was a long time ago.
– Oh (bleep). (Bleep, bleep, bleep). (energetic music) We’re here at Arthur Ashe stadium, and we’re about to become ball people. – Close to 500 individuals try out to be a US Open ballperson. We’ve taken a hundred new rookies. – Oh, I’m gonna let my team
tell you about their stories. – To be that close to players, I mean, it’s the best seat in the house. Obviously, Serena’s a big server, and she hit this incredible ace out wide, and I caught it, and the whole crowd just kinda went crazy. They’re, like, you know, clapping. – I’m the youngest ballboy that’s ever tried out at the US
Open at seven years old. Went to the tryout, showcased
that I can run and throw, and the rest is history. – I’m always so amazed by the ballpeople, ’cause there’s such an
etiquette to what they do. They’re so professional. They, like, run, run, run, run, run, grab the ball, run, run, run, run, run. – It would be so cool to be out there, with everyone watching you. Well, no, not you, but,
like, you’d be behind them. – I used to work at a tennis club, and I definitely wanted to impress them. I’m forty, and Kramer, Seinfeld references will probably get thrown out there. – I may be old, but I’m spry. – I’m pretty confident about this. – I think I can do the standing part, but everything else, I’m just like kinda dreading. – The things that our
evaluators are looking for when they’re doing the tryout is focus for the individual,
– No! – How good their throwing arms are, – Oh, that was bad. – How well they run, if they’re agile, fast, – People always think that
the exercise is the hard part, but I think the hardest part is just standing still when you’re not moving. – You gotta struggle through
it if you’re on camera. – How fit are you? – Cathie’s tough. – So you have to have a good arm? If you’re in the back?
– Yeah. – What’s most important
if you’re at the net? – Speed and agility and we usually ask for two hands. – Two handed pickups. – Right.
– Okay, okay. – [Sarah] Regina, are you nervous? – Yes. I’m so nervous. – [Sarah] It’s happening.
– I can’t even touch my toes. – [Sarah] What about you, Dorsey? – Nervous? No. – Two hands. Oops. Sorry. – [Regina] That was good.
– I’m already tired. – [Regina] I’m very impressed. This is the one. (laughs) – Was I doing that? – [Sarah] Dorsey’s really good. Dorsey’s a teacher’s pet, I swear to God. – You get to him, you stand next to him and pass the ball behind your back to him. – [Sarah] Behind the back, okay. – [Cathie] Pass it to him. Not in front of him! What was that? – I don’t–
– [Cathie] Okay, get out. Keep going. Keep going! Keep going! – [Sarah] He’s earning it. – There are really, I don’t
have any words right now. – Dorsey did a really good job, but he also got to watch
us mess up first, so. I’m just saying. – I’m a quick study. – Alright, Justin, come on over. I need someone to throw. (upbeat electronic music) – I’m not throwing it far enough. How are we doing so far, I guess? – Well, I have to write my– – Okay, we’ll give you space. It was, like, the etiquette
that was tripping me up. – Can’t believe I ran with
my hands behind my back. – I wanna see what that
looked like in slow motion. – Like if a porpoise got on a tennis court and was just like (laughs). Dorsey knows he was doing good. He’s smiling. – They’ll be shots down the middle. The two backs have to
determine who goes for it. – You got it? Sorry. Then why did I say that? I’m sorry. – Closer to you, then
just grab and go back. If it’s in the middle, you
should both attempt to go, but then whoever’s closer
should put their hand up. (yells) – She hates me. (shoes scuffling) – I guess there are some times when the match just keeps going and going. – I’ve come up with some
evaluations for you three. – Okay. – Why don’t we start with Sarah? So we evaluate, we talk about your hands, like, how you pick the balls up. – Oh, okay, not like
– Not, not the– – How pretty they are? – Not how the manicure looks, no. – Okay, ’cause it’s really bad. – Oh, that’s what I wrote. (Sarah laughs) So anyway, the speed for
you was a little bit slow. The footwork/agility was
a little heavy footed. – I took, like, a dance
class in college, and the– – You couldn’t tell. Your net court to throwing ability, from the net to the back was pretty good. Your throw was sort of a high fly. It got as far as it could anyway. Um, your hands on that were a
little shaky with the grabs. – Shaky with the grabs.
– It’s better than bad, but shaky. – Okay, bad, shaky, and then – Average.
– Average, okay. – So, distance was a little short. – Alright.
– Court awareness was okay. Speed was good, footwork/agility was good. From net to back was good. In the back, though,
your accuracy was okay. Your throws were, um,
in the high fly range. Your distance was good, uh, your hands were good, and your court awareness was good. On your speed, – No! Yes, I did it. Yes! – They wrote “nonexistent.” Okay. – I thought we were friends. – Footwork/agility was not applicable, so it wasn’t even there. Your net to back court throwing ability was basically negative. Accuracy on the back was none. Shotgun or high fly was neither. Distance, there was none. Hands, there were none. Court awareness is none. You’re really not quite
ready for this year. You’re a little tall for the nets, but, and you have hair on your face, you’d have to shave that off. – I told ya, I’d do that. – Mmkay. So I would actually
take you to a callback. – Alright. – And basically, you’re not
ready probably ever, so. (laughs) I’ve never seen you play tennis, but – I’ve played.
– After seeing that performance, can’t get any worse. – Alright, bye guys. It’s been good. – Brutal.
– Bye, Regina. – Bye.
(laughs) – Go start practicing your tennis. – Being a ballperson looks much
easier than it actually is. – You also have to have,
like, really good balance, ’cause you’re running and then you have to stand still all of a sudden. – You have to be able
to run fast, throw far, and also just, like, the
etiquette behind it is very difficult. – I had to laugh to make
myself feel comfortable. – I had one facial expression,
and it was exhaustion. Yeah, I got my eyes on the ballpeople now. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Ballpersons? You’re
the star of the show. – You’re the star of the show. – This year.
– Whoo! – [Dorsey] I’ll tell you what, the next time I’m playing tennis, I’ll call you guys, and
you can be the ballpersons for my match.
– For you playing tennis? Great. – You’d get plenty of practice. ‘Cause I hit it in the net all the time.
COVER OF ESPN MAGAZINE FAMED BODY ISSUE.>>TWO-TIME OPEN FINALIST GETTING READY TO HEAD BACK TO ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM IN NEW YORK. THAT TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF AUGUST 28th.>>U.S. OPEN AROUND THE CORNER. HOW ARE YOU FEELING IN THIS MOMENT?>>I’M FEELING GOOD. I HAVE A FEW MORE DAYS TO GET READY. I FEEL RELAXED. WHEN IT GETS TO THIS WEEKEND I’LL START THINKING ABOUT MATCHES. UNTIL THE DRAWS START YOU’RE REALLY CHILL.>>YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOU’RE DRAWN WITH.>>IT’S FRIDAY. ON FRIDAY WE KNOW WHETHER WE PLAY MONDAY OR TUESDAY AND WHO WE PLAY.>>IF YOU WIN THIS, MIGHT YOU BE RANKED NUMBER ONE AGAIN.>>YEAH, I’M NOT SURE BUT I THINK SO. I THINK SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT.>>YOUR BOYFRIEND DAVID LEE IS HERE. HE’S LIKE NODDING YES.>>HE’S LIKE, SHE’S ALREADY NUMBER ONE.>>IN MY BOOK ALREADY NUMBER ONE.>>DO YOU HAVE GAME DAY RITUALS GETTING READY FOR A BIG MATCH? WHAT YOU DO?>>I USUALLY DO THE SAME THING, HIT FOR HALF AN HOUR TENNIS BALLS. IF I HAVE A MATCH, I SLEEP MOST OF THE DAY AND JUST RELAX. REALLY NOT MUCH GOING ON.>>I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT ESPN THE MAGAZINE.>>I WAS GOING TO ASK. SO YOU GOT THERE RAINFALL I’M JUST AS INTERESTED. WERE YOU COMPLETELY NUDE? HOW MANY PEOPLE AROUND YOU YOU’RE SORT OF COVERING UP. I KNOW YOU PRETTY WELL AND I KNOW THAT’S NOT YOUR PERSONALITY?>>WELL, THEY ASK YOU IF YOU WANT AN OPEN OR CLOSED SET. I WAS LIKE, NO, NO, NO. IT HAS TO BE CLOSED.>>WHO WOULD PICK OPEN.>>MODELS OUT THERE WITHOUT ANY CLOTHES A LOT. NOT THAT I KNOW.>>A PHOTOGRAPHER AND TWO OR THREE MORE PEOPLE OUT THERE. IN THE BEGINNING I WAS REALLY NERVOUS. I WAS LIKE OH, COVER UP. COVER EVERYTHING UP. THEM BY HOUR THREE, YOU’RE LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST GET THE PHOTOS. IT LOOKS COOL, THE LIGHTING LOOKS COOL. I LOVE THE PHOTOS. I THINK THEY ARE VERY STRONG, ARTISTIC. OBVIOUSLY AS AN ATHLETE WE WORK HARD FOR OUR BODIES. IT’S OUR TOOL.>>IT PAYS OFF FANTASTIC.>>WE’RE ABOUT TO HAVE A THROWDOWN.>>THIS GOING TO HAPPEN.>>SHOULD WE ASSUME BECAUSE YOU’RE AN AMAZING TENNIS PLAYER YOU’RE AN AMAZING PING-PONGER?>>YEAH.>>OVER HERE. FOREHAND OR BACKHAND?>>PLEASE. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.>>DOES STEVEN PLAY TENNIS?>>HE DOES ACTUALLY.>>COME ON.>>IT’S 15-LOVE. THAT’S TENNIS.>>SEE HOW EASY SHE’S DOING THIS.>>I’M CRUSHING THIS RIGHT NOW.>>I USUALLY STAY AWAY.>>LOOK HOW SHE’S DOING. YOU WANT
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I’ve said to myself it’s my goal I want
to win a Grand Slam there’s a lot of expectation but there’s something that
you know that I have to try and block out. It means a lot to the players
when you’re representing your country always does and it’s definitely
up with the grand slams because of the top players are competing that. It’s great to finally done it and you
know there’s a sense of how you know how big you know a moment that is in British tennis. You’re the first person ever to win two
and then pick tennis gold medals that’s an extraordinary feat isn’t it. Well to defend the singles title I think Venus and Serena won about four each. Reporter: Sam is the first US player to
reach a major semi-final since 2009 how would you describe …
– Male player Reporter: Pardon?
– Male player right? So he’s … I can’t believe
I’m missing this match. What’s the score? Is it like 4-2 or something?
What’s the score? Shall we just go? I said to my team I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon, that’s where I would like to stop, stop playing, but I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.
(dramatic music) – I just want to become
number one in the world. I want to break records. I want to do something that
nobody has ever, ever done. I try to say that I don’t have weakness I just try to improve on everything so I make sure I don’t
have a weakness, basically. The first time I saw tennis on TV was about when I was five. ESPN was on and I saw this girl and I was like, ‘Dad, I want to play tennis cause there’s this girl
on TV that’s really good.’ And then later, come to find
out, it’s Serena Williams. Way back when tennis started,
nobody of color was playing. If I didn’t see her play tennis
I wouldn’t be here today. – Took her to her first practice, she was, you know, awkward,
paying attention to her feet, looking down at where she stood. You know, it would just move weird but at the same time when she
made contact with the ball, you’d see she was swinging. It was adorable. And we went from adorable
practices to grueling trainings. You know, I wouldn’t imagine that, at six, when she first took her lesson, that we’d be here. It’s phenomenal. – I switched to this racket
about, like, midsummer. I like how it has, like, a big frame, because it gives you more of a sweet spot when I hit the ball. I mean, you have to hit the sweet spot in order to hit a good ball. So I just love this racket. Training for tennis is harder
than people think it is. You have to focus on technique. And I have my mental coach and
my other coach for training. – Right here, right here,
comin’ back, comin’ back. Turn, turn, keep turning,
keep turning, keep turning. Pop, pop, pop, pop. If you’ll just give me a power
shuffle all the way through. We wanna go that way, right, ‘kay? Good. There’s gonna be sacrifices, like, sometimes you’ll have to
sacrifice not seeing your friends. I mean, I don’t go to regular
school, I’m homeschooled, so homeschooling works
around, you know, my schedule. (calm music) What I love about tennis
the most is competing. I’m very competitive. The first thing I think about when I step on the court is that, don’t think it’s gonna be an easy match. You have to always think that the person wants it as much as you do so you have to compete even harder. My biggest obstacles when I am competing is keeping my head
together, no matter what. Because sometimes, like, we’ll miss a shot and we’ll just start getting mad. Defeats are hard to take in but I’m starting to
really, now, like, focus. – [Coach] C’mon make that, Kalli. – I’ve never seen somebody
like, so determined and, like, wanting to get good
and play at such a young age and at times she can be a little impatient ’cause she’s always looking
for that opportunity to bite and get on the first strike. – [Terian] The things
that I hear over and over about Kalli and her game is
that she’s super aggressive and that she has a lot of potential. Because if you want to
make it to the next level one thing you have to be
able to do is hit the ball. It takes time to develop. But we’re not training to
be number one in the 12s, we’re not training to be
number one in the 14s, number one in the 16s. We’re training to be
the best in the world. (upbeat hip-hop) – Next year I want to be able to play the Junior U.S. Open, but
not only play the U.S. Open but make it to the main
draw and win my first match. (upbeat hip-hop) For other people that are my age, what I would give ’em is just go for it. I mean, if you love
something then just do it.