15 years on from John McEnroe’s first memoir, “You Cannot Be Serious,” he’s got an updated version hitting bookstores across the country next week. McEnroe fills the pages of “But Seriously” with frank admissions about his life, his mistakes, and his current outlook on professional tennis.
Speaking to NPR about the forthcoming book, host Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked McEnroe about Serena Williams, which then led to this rather interesting exchange:
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…