The retired tennis legend suggested that Serena would be 700th in the world if male players were included.

By Faith Brar
Updated: June 27, 2017

Serena Williams has no time for haters or ridiculous criticism about her career as the greatest tennis player of all time. So when retired tennis legend, John McEnroe told NPR that Williams, the highest ranking female tennis player, would place, "like number 700 in the world," if male players were included, she reacted exactly as we expected she would.

"Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based," she fired back to his unofficial "assessment" on Twitter. "Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby." (Related: Serena Williams Announces Her Pregnancy On Snapchat)

When he appeared on CBS This Morning this Tuesday to address his statements and the backlash they (understandably) received, he refused to apologize, saying he "didn't know it would create controversy." He continued by offering a way to help resolve the debate once and for all. "Why don't you combine, just solve the problem-I'm sure the men would be all for this-the men and women play together, and then we don't have to guess," he told CBS.

Hmm, seems like you're dodging the real issue (your made-up statements) here, John. But an actual solution to a real problem you could have suggested? Giving female athletes equal pay. Just a thought!

For the record, Williams has 23 Grand Slams singles and 14 more in doubles. In comparison, Roger Federer, who tops the list of Grand Slam men's winners, has 18 singles and none in doubles. No guessing required.



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