by Tony Oliva
So you may not have heard this so allow me to recap; John McEnroe was giving an interview and the topic of Serena Williams came up. Johnny Mac agrees completely that she is the best women’s player in the world. But the interviewer, Lulu Garcia-Navarro takes issue with the quantification of “best female” player and wants McEnroe to admit to her that Serena Williams is the best tennis player in the world bar none.
That’s ridiculous and McEnroe didn’t have any problem saying so. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:
Garcia-Navarro: We’re talking about male players but there is of course wonderful female players. Let’s talk about Serena Williams. You say she is the best female player in the world in the book.
McEnroe: Best female player ever — no question.
Garcia-Navarro: Some wouldn’t qualify it, some would say she’s the best player in the world. Why qualify it?
McEnroe: Oh! Uh, she’s not, you mean, the best player in the world, period?
Garcia-Navarro: Yeah, the best tennis player in the world. You know, why say female player?
McEnroe: Well because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.
Garcia-Navarro: You think so?
McEnroe: Yeah. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.
Garcia-Navarro: Many people over the years, including, we should mention Donald Trump, the President, wanted you to play her, and you seemed to have at least thought about it.
McEnroe: Well I’ve thought about it. I didn’t really want to do it, personally. I don’t know, people always seemed — I would say why don’t they go ask Roger Federer? Or someone, you know they added the old fart that’s you know 25 years over the hill. And I think I can still play and I think I could still — I mean my kids don’t think I can beat her anymore. Maybe I should get her now because she’s pregnant, but the truth is that I think that sometimes —I don’t know why in tennis, I get it’s that one battle of the sexes when Bobby Riggs played Billie Jean.
Garcia-Navarro: Billie Jean one of the most famous, iconic and most watched, I think tennis matches at the time.
McEnroe: Yeah, it was no question. I think there was the most, the biggest attendance at the Houston Astrodome, and it was great that Billie Jean did that but…OK, but that doesn’t mean, talk about other sports. If you go look at the times, for example, of the world’s fastest females — and you know maybe it will change! You know my daughter, one the things she says is ‘You’re a feminist, Dad.’ OK. I started with two boys, I got four girls now and I’m all for it and I’m trying to just get with it and figure it out.
Garcia-Navarro: So, you’re a feminist.
McEnroe: Maybe at some point a women’s tennis player can be better than anybody. I just haven’t seen it in any other sport, and I haven’t seen it in tennis. I suppose anything’s possible at some stage.
Garcia-Navarro: You really think at 60, you could possibly beat Serena Williams? Maybe pregnant.
McEnroe: The way you put that makes me think that you have your doubts.
Garcia-Navarro: Far be it from me to question you Mr. McEnroe.
McEnroe: Well, you know, my kids do, so feel free to. But there’s people that because of course as you get older — I’m not sure how athletic you are and how often you get out in whatever sport it is, but I have kept at it regularly. I’ve done it sort of doing this playing some other guys close to my age even though they keep getting younger and younger. Obviously, if I was going to do something like that, I would train very seriously for that to make sure my body was at, like, the peak it could be. Absolutely — to try and be as ready as I possibly could, but I bring things to the table, certainly until recently. I may be way past it, but I can still bring a few things to the table and so that’s why I guess people still find it interesting to even talk about.
Ed Morrissey made some great points at Hot Air about the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King match and why Billie Jean kicked Bobby’s butt:
First, most people forget that the 55-year-old Riggs had just beaten then-#1 women’s player Margaret Court (age 30) in straight sets four months earlier, which set the stage for the Riggs-King match. Riggs’ last professional Grand Slam win took place twenty-four years earlier, at the 1949 US Open against Don Budge. The critical quality in the match with King was age, not gender, as King shrewdly forced Riggs to wear himself out by playing a baseline game — a strategy she adopted after his win over Court.
So, to me I don’t see anything really disparaging that McEnroe said about Serena Williams, though in truth I doubt that at his age he could beat her but that’s irrelevant because he didn’t say he could.
The progressive militant feminists on the other hand, including of course nearly every voice on ESPN, blew their gasket and attacked John McEnroe for apparently insulting Serena Williams and being a giant misogynist.
Let’s roll back the crazy train and look at it though. Serena Williams is a great female tennis player. I have zero doubt that she would wipe the floor with me if she and I ever played tennis. Then again I never played tennis professionally and haven’t picked up a racket in over a decade.
But if she were to go against a ranked mens player, not even a top ten ranked, but any men ranked in the top 300 she’s probably going to lose.
You don’t think so? That’s a shame, because she all ready has.
Back when Serena was just starting to win US and French opens her and her sister Venus were hanging out during the Australian Open and feeling pretty good about themselves marched into the men’s ATP office to announce rather confidently they were ready to beat any tour player ranked around the Top 200 if someone wanted to take the challenge.
Well, guess what. Challenge…ACCEPTED by 203rd ranked German Karsten Braasch.
The terms of the exhibition was that Braasch would play one set against each sister.
Venus lost 2-6 and Serena was down 0-5 before she saved herself from being embarrassed and lost 1-6.
Serena was about to win the women’s French and US Open and could barely get 1 game against the 203rd ranked men’s player in the world.
A player mind you, Karsten Braasch, who was 32 years old at the time (pretty much pasture time for mens tennis players), has a career total of ONE ATP tour victory, spent the morning warming up playing a round of golf, and then spent the changeover between games smoking cigarettes and sipping on some beers.
THAT’S THE GUY who beat not only Serena Williams but also Venus is definitive fashion.
So yeah, Serena is no spring chicken anymore either and the notion that she could really compete with any male player in the top 300 is justifiably questionable.
And it’s not just Serena Williams and tennis.
By and large women cannot compete with men on equal footing their bodies are just different. That’s the truth of the matter. That’s a fact that may not be politically correct and may have militant feminists losing their marbles and they foam from the mouth and call me a misogynist.
Let’s look at Track and Field.
It is pretty much accepted that the 100m dash determines the fastest person on the planet. Currently the world record is held by Usain Bolt with a time of 9.58 seconds. The women’s world record is held by Florence Griffith-Joyner with a time of 10.49 seconds.
Now, if you look at those times and think that, “it’s less than a second difference that’s nothing” then you know nothing about racing. Allow me to put it into perspective.
Not only do the next 30 fastest men’s times in history come in under 9.88 (more than a half second faster than the women’s record) the QUALIFYING STANDARD for men to enter the Olympics is 10.16 seconds. So even the slowest guy at the Olympics is faster than the fastest women ever to race the 100m dash. In other words, any man who is even semi serious about being a professional runner is faster than the fastest women ever.
And it’s not only the 100m dash. The 200m, hurdles, long distance, triple jump (a difference of 10 feet) etc. Men are superior athletes and as such dominate.
But that’s ok. The equality (which progressives don’t seem to get) is not in being the best…but being the best you can be.
So Serena Williams wouldn’t be able to make a living in the Men’s Tennis Tour (failing in the same way Michelle Wie did in Men’s Golf) that doesn’t diminish her ability in tennis or the things she has accomplished. Nor was John McEnroe trying to undercut her with the things he was saying.
The honest, truth when not obscured by the nonsense of political correctness, is sometimes sharp in it’s vividness.
I am glad that McEnroe hasn’t backtracked his statement or apologized because he has nothing to apologize for. In fact, Johnny Mac doubled down and suggested that we just make sports coed, then we wouldn’t have these types of controversies. And like shining a light under a rock and seeing all the little creatures scatter the social justice warriors demanding equality and Mac’s head scatter like roaches.
Because if sports went in that direction it would all but eliminate the female athlete because not only couldn’t they compete, in some regards it would be dangerous for them to do so.
We are seeing the noose that progressives have made for themselves in this regards when it comes to transgender athletes.
Above is a photo of Andraya Yearwood, who was born a male but identifies as a female. I mean, nothing has changed him from being a male from all his bits to his mustache.
Anyways, Yearwood won two Connecticut high school state championships in track a month ago competing against actual girls. Was this fair? Biologically, not at all. In the world of progressive feelz? Apparently.
The actual girls who lost to Yearwood were understandably upset. They were competing in girl’s track and had to watch as a boy beat them. So much for female empowerment .
But at least in track and field the only thing that is going to get broken are the hearts of girls who have to watch as boys beat them in order to appease the progressive overlords.
In other sports it will eventually end up with a woman being killed by a man in the name of progressiveness.
I’m speaking particularly of Fallon Fox. The transgender MMA fighter who beats up women.
Surprisingly, he did lose once (thank God for weight classes) after getting a surprise punch that stunned him and got a TKO but most times its him breaking women and winning within the first minute or two of the first round.
Here’s a quick summation and reaction from Fox’s latest victim, Tamikka Brents:
Fox defeated her opponent, Tamikka Brents, by TKO at 2:17 of the first round of their match. Brent’s eye injury resulted in a damaged orbital bone that required seven staples.
In a post-fight interview this week, Brents told Whoa TV, “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life.”
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”
Fox’s “grip was different,” Brents added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against…females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”
Long story short, this forced false equality that progressives want to push forward is dangerous. Men and women are built differently, they don’t need to compete against one another because by and large there is no competition. That’s ok.
Again, so long as both men and women have the opportunity to compete and be the best in their respective sport and division why must we foist this absurd “battle of the sexes” on everything?
Then again, Progressives aren’t about facts and logic and reality but rather all about feelz and political correctness and social engineering. So I guess that answers the why in regards to the absurdity of it all.
Important takeaway…John McEnroe was right.