Stephen Colbert Scolds John McEnroe Over His Serena Williams Comments, McEnroe Doubles Down

By 06.28.17
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As you may have heard, tennis legend John McEnroe got into some hot water recently for saying that he believes Serena Williams would be ranked “like 700 in the world” if she played against men. Yeah… talk about poking a hornet’s nest. McEnroe, as any casual fan of tennis knows, is really good at doing that sort of thing and now that he’s on a book tour what better time to do it again, right?

McEnroe also had this to say during his interview with NPR which started this whole thing…

“That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. On a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit, the men’s circuit, that would be an entirely different story.”

On Tuesday McEnroe appeared on CBS This Morning where, of course, his comments about Williams were brought up once again.

When asked if he thought he should apologize, McEnroe said, “It’s not necessary. I didn’t know it would create controversy.”

“I respect Serena very much so and I was simply calling her on NPR, which supposedly this is where you can say it like it is and you’re gonna get honest feedback, she’s the greatest player, female player, that’s ever lived,” McEnroe clarified before offering a solution.

“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.”

Prior to the interview Williams had tweeted this response to McEnroe’s comments…

McEnroe’s response to the tweets? “Serena has a way with words. 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. I think she was doing it tongue-in-cheek, as well, and I think that, deep down, we’re talking about something I can’t even believe we’re talking about right now.”


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