Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slams, but John McEnroe apparently doesn’t think too highly of her. In June, McEnroe said if Williams played the men’s circuit, “she’d be, like, 700 in the world.” McEnroe added that Williams is “an incredible player” but that “if she had to just play the men’s circuit, it would be an entirely different story.”
Williams took McEnroe to task on Twitter, tweeting, “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.” She went on to say, “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.”
And there you have it. Game, set, match.
“I don’t do controversy – at all,” Williams said Thursday on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I prefer not to be involved, and I just keep myself out of it. I really respect him. We really get along great. He’s really a cool guy. He talks, and that’s who he is. That’s how he became the player he has. He has a lot of great energy and a lot of fire. He’s entitled to that. But like I said in my tweet, the only thing I’m focused on is my baby and staying health.”
Brandon Tierney wondered if McEnroe’s comments were wrong or disrespectful, as there is a difference between the two.
“I really haven’t thought about it too much since it was said, and I still don’t think about it,” Williams said. “Like I said, I’m just focused on me, not him.”
Smart move. Williams won the Australian Open this year despite being eight weeks pregnant. It’ll be interesting to how quickly – or how often – she competes after giving birth.
She was asked if her post-birth absence would be closer to six weeks or six months.
“I don’t know,” said Williams, who turns 36 in September. “I would like to say six weeks, but you never know what can happen. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the birthing room. I can’t really plan for that. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time.”