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Serena Williams Praises Andy Murray for Calling Out Sexism

Serena Williams is speaking out to praise her friend Andy Murray after he called out a reporter’s sexist comment during a Wimbledon press conference.

Andy was asked about being defeated by American player Sam Querrey, who became the first male American to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam tournament since 2009. When the reporter said Sam was the “first American” to reach the point since 2009, Andy chimed in the specify “male player.”

Serena has won 12 grand slam tournaments since 2009 and other female players, including her sister Venus, have reached the semi-finals.

“I don’t think there’s a woman player, and there shouldn’t be a female athlete that is not totally supportive of Andy Murray,” Serena said on ESPN’s The Six. “He has spoken up for women’s issues and women’s rights, especially in tennis, for forever. And he does it again, you know! That’s who he is and one thing we love about him. He has such a wonderful mother who has been such a strong figure in his life and he’s done so much for us on our tour. We love Andy Murray.”

Serena Williams' Fiance Alexis Ohanian Says She'll Be 'An Awesome Mom'

Serena Williams‘ fiance Alexis Ohanian, who is one of the co-founders of Reddit, had some sweet things to say about the soon-to-be mom!

“She’s very good at a lot of things,” he gushed, “and well on her way to being an awesome mom too,” Alexis said on CNBC’s Squawk Box show.

In addition, Alexis officially announced his paternity leave.

“At Reddit, it’s really important for us to support men and women when they are welcoming a new member to the family and so we have a pretty generous parental leave policy,” he said. “I’ll be taking off for six weeks myself and trying to do the best job possible as a new dad, a first-time dad.”

Serena and Alexis are expecting their first child, due in September.

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John McEnroe Won't Apologize for Serena Williams Comments

John McEnroe made some controversial comments about Serena Williams and where she would rank if she was playing the men’s circuit… and now he says he won’t apologize.

The former tennis star said that Serena, who he admitted is the greatest female tennis player in the world, would only rank #700 if she was playing in the men’s league.

Serena took to Twitter to respond to the comments and she rightfully did not seem happy about what he said.

While appearing on CBS This Morning on Tuesday (June 27), John was asked why he made the comments.

“I respect Serena very much so,” John said. When asked if he would like to apologize though, he said “no.” He did admit that his comments were “not necessary,” but he did not think they’d create controversy.

“I don’t want anything to go wrong with Serena because she’s pregnant. I don’t want to upset her or whatever it was. She’s – I think she was doing a tongue-in-cheek as well,” he added. “I can’t even believe we’re talking about it.”


John McEnroe on controversial Serena Williams comments

Serena Williams Puts Bare Baby Bump On Display In Stunning 'Vanity Fair' Cover!

Serena Williams shows off her bare baby bump in this striking portrait, photographed by longtime collaborator Annie Leibovitz, from Vanity Fair‘s August issue cover story!

The 35-year-old tennis star opens up about expecting her first baby with fiance Alexis Ohanian in the mag:

On first learning she was pregnant: “(I) did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped. ‘Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon (her third straight) this year.’”

On facing the reality that she is pregnant six months later: “It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. ‘Am I having a baby?’ I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing… I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room.”

On fiance Alexis Ohanian’s surprise proposal: “I knew it was coming. I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want.’”

For more from Serena, visit VanityFair.com!

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Serena Williams Slams John McEnroe's Ranking Comments, Says 'Please Keep Me Out of Your Statements'

Serena Williams is responding to John McEnroe‘s comments about her ranking in tennis.

The 35-year-old tennis player took to Twitter to fire back at at the former tennis player after he said that she would only rank “like 700 in the world” among male tennis players.

“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” Serena tweeted.

John did say that he thinks Serena is the best female tennis player in the world, but thinks it would be a “different story” if she played in the men’s circuit.

“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.”

Serena also tweeted, “I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”

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.

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Serena Williams Dishes The Best Parenting Advice She's Gotten So Far!

Serena Williams has already learned some important lessons about being a parent and she hasn’t even welcomed her first child yet!

The 35-year-old tennis star, who is expecting a baby with fiance Alexis Ohanian, recently opened up about the lessons she’s learned from her mom.

“In the midst of having a child, it’s like all of the sudden you start thinking about the lessons your parents taught you, especially my mom,” Serena said during her Keynote Speech at the BlogHer Conference.

She continued, “And you start thinking about, ‘Wow, what do I want to raise my kid as?’ And when you’re young and you’re growing up you think your parents may be strict. Then you realize when you’re older and you’re like, could they have been a little stricter? Or should I have done this more?”

“It’s like this is what I want my son or daughter to look like and this is what I want my son or daughter to do. And so I feel like all those lessons [my mom] taught me about being so strong, of proud of who I am, of being able to look anyone in the face and have confidence and speak with so much confidence is something that I really have been able to embrace and would love to teach my kid that,” Serena added.

We know Serena is going to make a great mom!