WATCH - John McEnroe has a solution to his storm he sparked after controversial Serena Williams comments
Tennis legend John McEnroe has refused to apologise after his comments about Serena Williams talents caused a storm on Monday, as he urged the best woman's player in tennis to try her luck against a male rival.
McEnroe's belief that Serena Williams would be ranked as low as 700 in the world if she played on the men's tour has drawn short shrift from the 23-time women's singles grand slam champion.
Williams' major haul is a record for any tennis player - male or female - in the Open era, but McEnroe courted controversy by suggesting the 35-year-old would struggle on the ATP Tour.
"If she played the men's circuit she'd be, like, 700 in the world," stated McEnroe.
"That doesn't mean I don't think Serena is an incredible player, and I suppose anything's possible; maybe at some point a women's tennis player can be better than anybody.
"I just haven't seen that in any other sport, and I haven't seen it in tennis. If she had to just play the men's circuit, it would be an entirely different story."
Williams responded with a polite and pointed couple of tweets that highlighted her annoyance at McEnroe's comments, with the man in the eye of the storm suggesting she should solve the problem when she is back on court after her prgnancy.
“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," said McEnroe on CBS News. "Then we don’t have to guess.”
With Wimbledon starting on Monday, this story is set to run and run.
Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017
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— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017