The 35-year-old star hit back on Twitter saying: “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 privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir”.


McEnroe, a former world number one who won Wimbledon three times and the US Open on four occasions, had earlier said of his fellow American in an interview with US radio station NPR: “If she played the men’s circuit she’d be, like, 700 in the world.
“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.”

John McEnroe reignited a controversial debate by claiming Serena Williams would struggle if she played on the men’s tour.
Williams’ major haul is a record for any tennis player – male or female – in the Open era.
But McEnroe courted controversy by claiming the 23-time women’s singles grand slam champion would be ranked as low as 700 in the world on the ATP Tour.
The retired tennis ace’s comments drew short shrift from Williams, who is set to be out of action until next year after announcing in April she is expecting her first child.
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John McEnroe claims Williams would only rank 700 in the world on the men’s tour

The 35-year-old star hit back on Twitter saying: “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 privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir”.

Williams is currently placed fourth in the WTA rankings despite her absence from the circuit since January – when she captured a seventh Australian Open crown.
She briefly returned to the top of the standings shortly after announcing her pregnancy.
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McEnroe, a former world number one who won Wimbledon three times and the US Open on four occasions, had earlier said of his fellow American in an interview with US radio station NPR: “If she played the men’s circuit she’d be, like, 700 in the world.
“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.”
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Heather Watson has hit back at McEnroe

Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Heather Watson added:“I don’t think it’s really relevant. It’s two different games, men and women.
“There is a reason we don’t compete against each other.It doesn’t really matter where Serena is ranked, because she’s incredible for women’s tennis and in the game of tennis, and she’s accomplished so much
“So I think it’s pretty irrelevant asking that question. And, yeah, that’s it, really. I don’t really see the point. Men are bigger, stronger, quicker, like that’s just how they’re made. So it doesn’t – it’s just silly.”


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