NOTE: This interview did not actually happen. Things that were really said will be hyperlinked.
An Interview with John McEnroe:
NYMM: Hi John, glad you could take the time out of your schedule to make it here today.
McEnroe: Glad to be here. Hopefully this interview will clear things up.
NYMM: I believe it will. Let’s jump right in. You recently said Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the Men’s Tour, and you stood by the comment later when given the chance to apologize. So our first question is, why didn’t you apologize? Do you still stand by your comment?
McEnroe: Now, don’t get me wrong, I get why men and women’s tennis are so different, but that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the differences. It isn’t right that Williams gets so much attention when she can’t compete with any of the best men. I mean, yes, of course she’s the best female tennis player to ever live, but do you think that should shield her from all comparison and criticism?
NYMM: Are you actually asking me that question?
McEnroe: No. Just a hypothetical.
NYMM: Ok. So you think Serena can’t compete with any of the best men?
McEnroe: I meant to say probably there – Serena probably can’t compete with any of the best men. She could, hypothetically, but she probably doesn’t have enough time in the day to practice to reach that level. She said it to me herself. One second, I’ll read you the tweets.
“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. I’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my priv-” you get the jist of it.
I’m not saying it’s her fault, just that she doesn’t have enough time to get that good. That’s why I don’t understand where all the controversy comes from. I never meant to disrespect her, I’m just bringing light to the fact that men are in a completely different league.
NYMM: If that’s what you believe, why try and make the comparison at all?
McEnroe: Why not? What’s faster, a cheetah or a lion? We compare the running speeds of different species of animals even though we know they have different strengths and weaknesses.
NYMM: But in an interview with CBS This Morning, you said, and I quote, “Why don’t you combine [men and women’s tennis], just solve the problem – I’m sure the men would be all for this – the men and women play together, and then we don’t have to guess!” If men, like you said previously, “are in a completely different league,” then why combine men and women’s tennis? Why would that make the men in tennis happy?
McEnroe: Because then it would be a level playing field.
NYMM: But you said it wasn’t a level playing field to begin with.
McEnroe: True. Probably just so we can feel like we’re better, then.
NYMM: Thanks John, that cleared things up. One last question: is it true that Trump once offered you money to play Serena yourself?
McEnroe: Yeah, but I didn’t do it. I never really thought that was something, to mix the apples and oranges.
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