McEnroe stands by Serena comments

Published by Matt Trollope

Serena Williams (L) and John McEnroe in happier times; Getty Images
The John McEnroe-Serena Williams controversy has gone to a new level after McEnroe defended his original comments on an American breakfast show.

The controversy surrounding John McEnroe’s unflattering assessment of Serena Wiliams simply won’t go away.

And that’s partly because McEnroe has refused to re-work his comments.

The American legend caused a stir when in an interview with NPR on Sunday he said if Williams “played the men’s circuit she’d be, like, 700 in the world.”

RELATED: Serena hits back at McEnroe comments

The comments drew Williams’ ire, who fired off a pair of tweets in reponse.

Williams is currently pregnant and not competing on tour; she’s expected to welcome her first child into the world in late August.

Yet McEnroe defended his comments when asked about them on CBS This Morning on Tuesday and said there was one way to definitely back up his statements.

“I’ve got a solution. Solve the problem, and 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 said.

“I felt the need, however unfortunately, to defend myself and say what I really felt, which is about what I think she would be. I didn’t know it would create controversy. I’ve said this 1,000 times.

“I don’t want anything to go wrong with Serena because she’s pregnant, I don’t want to upset her.

“I think she’s doing it (tweeting) tongue in cheek as well and I think deep down we’re talking about something… I can’t even believe we’re talking about it.”

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, was at age 35 ranked No.1 as recently as April.

She won her most recent major title at Australian Open 2017, while two months pregnant.

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