‘Women have it better in tennis’ – Long before making a ridiculous Serena Williams claim, John McEnroe got brutal on the WTA schedule in 2010 | Tech Rasta


John McEnroe, legendary American tennis player, is one of the most antagonistic figures in the sport. The controversial comments McEnroe made about Serena Williams in 2017 led him to face immense criticism from fans and the media.


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McEnroe had drawn much criticism for his flippant dismissal of Williams’ career. He had responded by reiterating his claims and even discussing the possibility of combining the male and female tours to establish who really was the best.


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John McEnroe proposed a bold version of the WTA calendar in 2010

It is an unspoken fact that Serena Williams has established herself as the most dominant tennis player. But in 2010, John McEnroe, then retired, spoke about the busy schedule of the women’s circuit.

McEnroe said: ” They shouldn’t play as many events as the men. Women are doing better in tennis than any other sport, thanks to Billie Jean King. But you shouldn’t push them to play more than they are capable of.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: John McEnroe of USA reacts during the mixed doubles match between John McEnroe of USA and partner Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Martina Navratilova of USA and Jamie Murray of Great Britain during the Wimbledon No 1 Court Celebration in support of the Wimbledon Foundation at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The legendary American was also called out for his comments about Serena Williams in 2017.

Maybe at some point, a tennis player can be better than anyone. I just haven’t seen it in any other sport, and I haven’t seen it in tennis. … Maybe [Serena Williams ‘ ranking] would be a little higher, maybe a little lower. And on any given day, Serena could beat some players, said McEnroe.

He added that he thought Williams was so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke. The main reason behind this is that she has been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, US Open, etc.


When Serena Williams blasted John McEnroe for a sexist remark

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McEnroe’s rant on Serena Williams


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The seven-time Grand Slam champion remained confident he could defeat Serena Williams in a tennis battle.

But if she were to just play the circuit – the men’s circuit – that would be a whole different story. (Their children) They think I’d probably lose to Serena. I think I could still take it.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Serena Williams of the United States cools off between sets in her women’s singles fourth round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Although his remarks were quickly dismissed and McEnroe later released a clarification on the whole fiasco, it left fans generating a negative impression on John McEnroe. Along with his outbursts on the tennis court, McEnroe makes sure to stay in the spotlight with some daring takes from time to time as an analyst.


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