Unexpectedly, the best things are always unexpected. 

Hall of Famer in pro tennis John McEnroe has been the narrator on all three seasons of Netflix’sNever Have I EverCo-created with Mindy Kaling. This combination has been a success, even unexpectedly, given McEnroe’s 63-year old white man and how the series portrays Devi Vishwakumar’s high school struggles and triumphs (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her diverse group of friends.

“Who would’ve thought that I would be the sort of psychologist or uncle or advisor to an 18- or 17-year-old Indian American girl going through high school,” McEnroe joked to Entertainment Tonight. Mindy Kaling is to be credited.

What is the connection between McEnroe, Kaling?

“I met her at this Vanity Fair Oscar party and we were just crossing paths and [my wife] Patty [Smyth] goes, ‘Oh, that’s Mindy Kaling!'” McEnroe shared. McEnroe shared. [Mindy]”He’s saying, “Oh my God, I had this idea of your narrating the show,” and I respond, “Oh yes, definitely.” Yes, that’s right. I will narrate the show. 

Kaling didn’t joke, but it wasn’t funny, so eventually, the match was set.