With twenty three Grand Slam singles titles to her name, it's hard not to refer to Serena Williams as one of the greatest players to ever play the sport of tennis. If not the greatest.
And yet, there are still people that think Williams couldn't compete with the male athletes in her sport. One such person is of former Men's Number One John McEnroe.
According to the 58 year old retired tennis star, were Serena to play on the men's circuit she would be ranked "like 700 in the world."
In an interview with NPR to promote his new book "But Seriously", McEnroe claimed that Williams is the greatest female tennis player in the world.
When quizzed about why he felt the need to say 'female tennis player', McEnroe said "Well because if she was in, 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." McEnroe continued. "I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it'd be a little higher, perhaps it'd be a little lower. And 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."
There were some (many actually) who disagreed with McEnroe's theory.
Serena would crush McEnroe in his prime. And Mac at his prime was great. But she would kill him. https://twitter.com/AngryBlackLady/status/879422308800020480 …
Let John McEnroe win a major while he is literally creating new human life inside his evil body and then he can talk about Serena Williams. https://twitter.com/AngryBlackLady/status/879422308800020480 …
This is such a stupid pointless debate every time it comes up. "Hmm, how can I slight & diminish the GOAT in her sport," McEnroe mused. https://twitter.com/postsports/status/879189539465687041 …
Williams herself got wind of McEnroe's remarks and respectfully asked the former Wimbledon winner to stop talking about her.