Pregnancy -- no joke. Tennis titles? Also no joke.
Serena Williams, lauded tennis champion, serves a mean backhand, not to mention comeback. John McEnroe, a retired professional who's considered America's top tennis player, spoke to ESPN about Williams' skills. He acknowledged her credibility, but he diminished her title at the same time. "John McEnroe said that if she played on the men's circuit, she'd be 'like No. 700 in the world,'" according to a news article. He talked about how her status in the women's circuit remains at the top, but, if she played with a man, he believes her rank would fall lower than an average SAT score.
Two Tennis Beasts Embattled
Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017
Williams, who's engaged and in her second trimester, took a maternity leave, but her ferocity remains intact. She put McEnroe in his place (pun intended). "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. 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," she tweets. Williams, the champion of 23 Grand Slam tournaments, one Summer Olympic Games, and five WTA Finals, reminded McEnroe of her obvious talent. However, she handled the situation with class. She knew McEnroe made a stupid remark, but not a malicious one. He even made a suggestion targeted at the sports industry, which Williams might like, as well.
Only One Will Win
"Just solve the problem. The men and women play together," he says. If or when matches between opposite sexes happen, a match between Williams and McEnroe needs to happen. Who cares if McEnroe's retired? He and Williams' disagreement should be settled not on the news or Twitter, but on the court. Once Williams begins training and competing again, she and McEnroe have to compete against each other.
Let the games begin.