Was John McEnroe right to say that Serena Williams would be 700th in men’s tennis?

McEnroe's comment undermines Williams' success

Factually correct, McEnroe didn't mean harm

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Retired tennis star John McEnroe saying that Serena Williams would be ranked 700th if she competed with men undermines her amazing feats within the sports, infers Maxwell Strachan of the Huffington Post. Clearly, men and women’s bodies are different. But having her skill compared to that of male counterparts, which has happened before, insults Williams with a baseless hypothetical. She has won 23 Grand Slam titles, more than any tennis player ever, male or female. William’s accomplishments can be appreciated without the need to compare them to those of men.

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John McEnroe’s comments about Serena Williams were not meant to be belittling, believes David Lord of The Roar. He intended to praise her skill and dedication as probably the best female tennis player of all time. However, he is factually correct in his assumption, that male athletes are simply better than female ones. When Andy Murray suggested playing against her, Williams herself said, “I doubt I’d win a point.” This isn’t reflective of her shortcomings. Men simply have different physiques that allow them to perform at a different level than women.

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