London (CNN)Tennis fable John McEnroe, who earned plaudits for an improbable crook arsenic narrator of the fashionable Netflix teen play "Never Have I Ever," has credited his voice-over vocation to his celebrated 1981 outburst successful which helium screamed, "You cannot beryllium serious" astatine an umpire.
McEnroe serves arsenic the narrator of Mindy Kaling's coming-of-age series, the 2nd play of which was precocious released onto the streaming platform.
Asked whether the relation would ever person travel astir were it not for his celebrated on-court meltdown, the erstwhile satellite fig 1 told CNN: "That's a question that connected the 1 manus we can't reply (but) connected the different hand... absolutely."
"That's wherefore radical deliberation of maine successful the archetypal place," helium added.
The seven-time Grand Slam singles victor -- who was renowned for his mid-match antics -- is inactive astir wide recognized for the 1981 moment, which came during the archetypal circular astatine the 1981 Wimbledon Championships aft McEnroe disagreed with a enactment call. Despite the outburst, helium went connected to triumph the tournament.
He told CNN that radical outcry the operation astatine him astir each day.
"They accidental it to maine earlier I person a accidental to accidental it to them," helium said. "It's benignant of pathetic successful a way, and exhilarating successful a way, that radical remember."
McEnroe joined Twitter connected Tuesday and told CNN helium is looking for much opportunities to bash dependable enactment aft the occurrence of "Never Have I Ever." On Thursday helium launched a website successful a concern with Squarespace and Netflix, pitching for much voice-over opportunities. Since retiring from tennis McEnroe has become a well-known commentator and pundit of the sport.
"There were times implicit the people of the past decades wherever radical would say, 'I admit your voice,'" helium said of his vocation turn. "It's ever thing I thought astir doing, I conscionable didn't cognize whether it would ever extremity up happening."
Kaling formed McEnroe, 62, aft spontaneously telling him astir the relation astatine a reddish carpet event, and the unexpected vocation crook has proven fashionable with fans of the show.
McEnroe agreed, expecting the relation to beryllium a cameo. "I didn't recognize that I'd extremity up being the uncle, the alter-ego of this young Indian-American teenage girl," helium said.
Kaling's semi-autobiographical amusement focuses connected Devi, a teen inactive reeling from the abrupt decease of her father, arsenic she navigates precocious school.
McEnroe did not be the series' acceptable and recorded his voice-overs for the 2nd bid successful a workplace during the pandemic. But helium said helium felt similar "a existent portion of the series," adding: "I could decidedly subordinate to that feeling that you don't truly acceptable in."