“You cannot be serious!”: Tennis whiz John McEnroe sells Beresford home

By Katherine Clarke | August 28, 2013 04:05PM

Bad boy tennis ace John McEnroe, a longtime owner of a co-op in the Beresford building‘s northeast tower, has sold the apartment for $3.1 million, according to public records filed with the city today.

The former world No. 1 tennis player and current television personality, who made famous the phrase “you cannot be serious” during his altercations with umpires, sold the property, at 211 Central Park West, to mergers and acquisitions attorney Gregory Ostling and his partner Angela Tu, records show.

The deal closed July 23. Lorraine Dauber, a Stribling & Associates broker who was racked up a long list of sales in the exclusive building, represented McEnroe in the transaction. It was not clear if Ostling used a broker.

McEnroe did not immediately respond to a request for comment, though he’s likely tied up with the U.S. Open underway in Flushing, Queens. The athlete, who won singles grand slam titles at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, has more recently been known as a tennis commentator.

Ostling also did not respond.

The property, a one-bedroom apartment with a dining room, a wide living room and two full bathrooms, came on the market in April and went into contract one month later, according to StreetEasy. It was not clear when McEnroe purchased the property.

The Emery Roth-designed building, which has a total of 193 units, was also home to former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke prior to his death in 2010 and currently serves as comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s main residence, it was previously reported.