John McEnroe Is Trying to Troll Serena Williams Into a Tennis Match

John McEnroe, Serena Williams

John McEnroe Is Trying to Troll Serena Williams Into a Tennis Match

The 56-year-old retired champ thinks he can still take the No. 1 women's player.

Published August 20, 2015

John McEnroe has got to be kidding.

The 56-year-old retired tennis star who won seven Grand Slam titles during his legendary career thinks he could defeat Serena Williams one on one. Really?

While appearing as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night, the outspoken McEnroe said that while his daughters don't think he could beat Williams, “I believe that I could still take her.”

Oddly enough, it's not the first time that McEnroe has thought about facing Williams.

“Fifteen years ago Donald Trump made an offer which I felt like was not enough. And I think he was humoring the two of us," McEnroe said. "And Serena, she’s got a lot to lose by losing to an old fart like myself. And I’ve got a lot to lose because if I lose to — God forbid — a woman, then I’m not allowed in any men’s locker room for the next 15 years or possibly the end of my life.”


As it stands now, Williams, with 21 Grand Slam titles, has 14 more than McEnroe. She trails only Margaret Court's 24 and Steffi Graf's 22 for most in women's singles' tennis history. She can tie Graf's mark with a win at next month's U.S. Open. Doing so would also give her a Serena Slam for sweeping all of the Grand Slam singles' titles in 2015.

With Williams still at the top of her game, would an "old fart" like McEnroe even stand a chance?

BET Sports News — Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports, including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes.

Click here to enter the #LookYourSundayBest contest for a chance to win FREE natural hair-care products.

(Photos from left: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


Latest in news