Serena Williams is an "incredible player" but she would be ranked "like 700" if she was on the men's circuit, John McEnroe said during an NPR interview Sunday, igniting a fierce debate and drawing a stern response from Williams.
"I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based," she tweeted Monday, adding: "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."
During the interview, McEnroe said he hadn't seen it in any other sport, but "I suppose anything's possible; maybe at some point a women's tennis player can be better than anybody."