John McEnroe’s dye job – hot or cheesy?


The Daily Mail has a longish article today about John McEnroe’s appearance at Wimbledon this week. Apparently, McEnroe has dyed his hair, and now everyone is making fun of him. Personally, I don’t think the brown hair looks bad, necessarily. But it’s kind of dumb to dye it when there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a silver fox. Before he had a John Slattery thing going on (swoon), now he just looks like he’s one Porsche away from a full-blown midlife crisis.

Tennis great John McEnroe does not seem like the vain type. But his regular television appearances as a pundit may have forced him to take more of an interest in his looks. While last year he seemed happy to be grey, it was a different story yesterday when he unveiled a new brown crop.

The former tennis champion, 51, revealed the new look as he posed for photos to celebrate drinks brand Robinsons’ 75th anniversary of its partnership with the Wimbledon Championships.

Maybe he wanted his once lush hair to also reflect those glory days – albeit in colour at least. But while he looked charming and boyish even with his grey locks, his new brown locks made him look rather washed out and rumpled.

It was certainly an auspicious occasion for the champ-turned-BBC pundit, as he re-enacted his infamous 1981 Centre Court tantrum yesterday. In a playful return to his former angry self, McEnroe re-lived the drama at Wimbledon in front of fans queuing for tickets.

He screamed: ‘You cannot be serious!’ and threw down his racquet, just as he did after an unfortunate umpire called his shot out. It had been voted Brits’ most memorable moment from the championships.

The three-times Wimbledon winner told supporters waiting in the queue he was not as optimistic for British success as he had been last year when Murray got to the semi-finals.

He said: ‘It’s not looking as good as last year but it’s still pretty good for British hopes. It’s not as if Brazil wins every World Cup and you could say the same about Federer winning every Wimbledon so there’s definitely a reason to believe that, if Murray gets a couple of breaks, he can go a long way. But I’m not as confident as I was last year.’

[From The Daily Mail]

It’s kind of sad that McEnroe showed up to reenact that, right? That the 1981 incident is like his most memorable achievement, and it’s the one he’s parodied for nearly 30 years? Wasn’t he the best tennis player in the world at one time? And this is what he’s remembered for. Oh, well. At least he’s a good sport about it now.

By the way, just speaking about men dyeing their hair – there are rumors that Pres. Obama found his Just For Men box too. Where once there was a little silver, now it’s full-on black. I think he might have used a rinse too – like McEnroe. I swear to God, men are just as vain as women.



McEnroe (with brown hair) on June 20, 2010. With silver hair in December 2009, with Hugh Jackman.

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  1. snowball says:

    Cheesy. He looked great with silver hair.

  2. Jackson says:

    Meh. I’d call it ‘unnecessary’ more than anything. Not especially hot. Not especially cheesy.

  3. Snarf says:

    Mousey Brown. Should reel in the ladies.

  4. Andie M says:

    Come on – women dye their hair all the time, I think it is a good job.

  5. Dorothy says:

    It is so slight a change I can hardly tell.

  6. Tess says:

    Not. Aging. Well.

    The visible pierced earring holes are a nice touch, too. Add to the generally rough appearance.

  7. guesty says:

    cheesy. looked way better silver.

  8. DoMaJoReMc says:

    I’m with Dorothy. I could barely tell the difference. He looks better than he did with all his big head of curls from years ago, though.

  9. Tia C says:

    It’s neither hot nor cheesy. I think he looks better. It’s not overdone, it’s not too dark – you know, the way it is with some men who try to color their hair and it ends up looking obvious. He looks fine, IMO. I don’t see what the problem is if people don’t like their gray hair and want to color it tastefully.

  10. Karen says:

    I haven’t been watching any tennis coverage nor have I seen him in years so I have no problem with the man dyeing his hair back to his natural colour. It matches his eyebrows so who cares.

    After seeing the pic you posted of him with silver hair, he looks much healthier with brown hair.

  11. Feebee says:

    The choices are hot or cheesy? How about neither. He looked a lot older than 51 with grey hair (why do men get the more generous silver while women are just grey?) It’s not like he dyed his hair black or platinum blond. It’s similar to his natural colour. F*** the press if they can’t handle it.

  12. bagladey says:

    JMc’s hair dye job looks good and is subtle.

  13. Boombeeba says:

    Lolzy Jmac looks an awful lot like Squidward frm Spongebob IMO

  14. original kate says:

    nothing hot about mc enroe. great tennis player, though.

  15. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    It looks fine. Nothing that terrible about it.

  16. Twez says:

    I’m just grateful he didn’t go for the dark shoe polish look so many men get.

  17. GatsbyGal says:

    I think it looks just fine. Luckily it’s not too brash a color. It would’ve looked stupid if it were suddenly chocolate brown.

    He’s so hot, though…I’ve crushed on him since I was a little girl.

  18. Moocowhead says:

    There’s nothing sexier than a man who doesn’t give a fuck but y’know, it’s his hair!

  19. cathrine says:

    he reminds me of rand paul.

    but he looks nice.

  20. joanne says:

    His hair looks good. I think he was looking much older with the white hair. No reason to have a full head of white hair at 51. I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 30. Why can’t men dye theirs? Mind your own business! Its very good.

  21. Rj says:

    Hot, very hot! He looks great, better with this color, not too much but make he looks younger and really well groomed, excellent job!!!!!!

  22. Maggie says:

    Much better, someone fixed it because before it was orange, google it and you see. Great job! He is much better now!