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John McEnroe Says Serena Williams Would Rank #700 Among Men

John McEnroe Says Serena Williams Would Rank #700 Among Men

John McEnroe thinks that Serena Williams is the best female tennis player in the world, but he doesn’t think she can compare to any of the top male players in the sport.

The 58-year-old tennis legend, who won 23 Grand Slam titles in his career, made some controversial remarks in a new NPR interview.

“Best female player ever — no question,” John said. He added, “If she played the men’s circuit, she’d be, like, 700 in the world.”

“That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player, I do,” John added. “The reality of what would happen on a given day is Serena could beat some players, I believe, because she is so incredibly strong mentally. But, if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”

“Maybe at some point, a woman tennis player can be better than anybody. But I haven’t seen it in any other sport and I haven’t seen it in tennis. I suppose anything is possible at some stage,” he added.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of John McEnroe’s comments about Serena Williams?

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  • Casey C

    ‘But I haven’t seen it in any other sport’- all those female equestrian olympic gold medallists must be so confused as to hoe they’re holding gold medals if he’s never seen a woman beat men in any sport. equestrian being the only olympic sport in which men and women compete equally across the board (it used to be sailing too but thats down to one class i believe). so yeah, women can and have beaten men in sports

  • namers

    Please, Billie Jean King already beat Bobby Riggs so STFU loser.

  • plez

    Stop it. Of course Serena could beat an old man like McEnroe. But that would not change what he said.

  • Maria M.

    The man is realistic. Tennis is not shooting or some other static sport. Biological differences between sexes make a huge difference in sports like tennis. Men are bigger, stronger, faster. Women can’t play basketball against men because evolution didn’t intend women to be as tall as men. But shooters should compete together at the Olympics and other tournaments.

  • Visitor

    Men’s tennis is much HARDER and LONGER than women’s tennis. I would put her at 200, maybe,

  • Visitor

    Bobby Riggs was 55 and retired.

  • Cool Boots

    McEnroe has been saying this for years. When he first started this nonsense it was no woman could ever beat a man. Now it’s no woman could ever play the men’s circuit.

  • j k

    What’s the point in comparing this?

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  • rosaryblue

    He’s just trying to get his name in the press.

  • FerCat

    Yeah, 700 was way too low.

  • FerCat

    The future is female. Duh?!

  • namers

    So what? She still beat him; I’m SURE there’s plenty of those 700 men she could beat.