Serena Williams slams John McEnroe's controversial ranking comments

The'bad boy of tennis also confessed he could never get into Studio 54 no matter how many times he told the doormen who he was

For McEnroe to broach how Williams, victor of 23 Grand Slam titles and 72 titles overall, would fare against male competition is what's known an "unwinnable argument".

Asked if he would like to apologise, McEnroe said: 'No, ' adding: 'I didn't know it would create controversy.

Tennis great Serena Williams fired back after former tennis star John McEnroe said Williams would rank "like No. 700 in the world" if she played on the men's circuit.

Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy after beating sister Venus to win the 2017 Australian Open women's singles title.

23-time major victor Williams last night responded to McEnroe's comments in which he claimed Williams would struggle to break the top 700 on the men's tour.

"The offer is this, because it seems in tennis, unlike other sports, that they're always asking about how women - they always ask me how I would do".

"I've never played anyone ranked "there" nor do I have time".

Serena says in the magazine that her "heart dropped" when she learnt of it.

So how did he know she was The One?

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But it was John's next comment that rocked the tennis world. 'Even if she blows me off and we don't even hang out, I'm still going to have an awesome time in Paris, and I'll have an even better story for all my childhood friends when I was like, "Yeah, I went to Paris for a weekend". Let's talk about Serena Williams.

Having a baby during her playing career was clearly not in Williams' plans.

McEnroe: Best female player ever - no question. "Like literally it dropped", she says.

McEnroe: Oh! Uh, she's not, you mean, the best player in the world, period?

"Maybe at some [sports], a woman can be better than anybody".

The cover also features Williams baring her baby bump in Demi Moore fashion.

After describing Williams on NPR as the greatest female player of all time, McEnroe was asked why he had not simply said greatest player.

Garcia-Navarro: You think so?

During an interview with NPR, McEnroe tried to knock Serena down a few notches by saying she'd have no chance against men players.

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