What a load of big nothing. First, here is the snippet that everyone has gone bananas about:
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.
The sports and social media world, especially on the populist Left have gone absolutely bat shit crazy about this nontroversy (real word or not, it’s all the rage). So what exactly is the problem? Respect? That she really is the best tennis player ever?
I have no idea, but it presents the shameful way in which many people react to things these days. Take it out of context, twist it to suit your own world view, condemn the innocent person who said the flippant remark and call the world to rights if they don’t agree with you.
Let’s face it, the question was a pretty dumb question. The best player of all time, full-stop? Why even qualify that she’s a woman? Well, because if we didn’t qualify that she’s a woman and she had to play men, sure, she’d probably be well down the rankings. He’s completely right, there wouldn’t be much of a contest to it, all of the top men’s players would wipe the floor with her, just because their power and athletiscm would be so much better, regardless if she can play a slightly better drop shot than they could.
The brilliant thing about this, which perhaps not many people are aware of, is she made similar comments about this herself back in 2013 on the David Letterman Show.
“If I were to play Andy Murray I would lose 60, 60 in five to six minutes, maybe 10 minutes,” said Serena. “No, it’s true. It’s a completely different sport.
“I only want to play girls because I don’t want to be embarrassed,” she added. “I would not do the tour, I would not do Billie Jean any disservice. So Andy, stop it. I’m not going to let you kill me.”
Does it stop here? Nope! Jeff Tarango and even ex-champion of the French and Australian Opens, Mary Pierce admitted she’d cope to beat someone ranked in the 300s. So what is poor John’s crime?
Well, it seems in this day of political correctness and rampant Feminism, even speaking honestly to an honest question can get you in hot water with those who have an agenda and McEnroe seems to have found this out the hard way.
Fair does to him though, he did mention he meant no disrespect; which I’m sure he didn’t considering he had already labelled her the best female player ever and perhaps he should have shown her achievements in the game more respect, but how would he have done this? By mentioning a slightly higher number in the men’s rankings? Who cares? Serena Williams is the greatest female player of all time and while I read the argument that men’s and women’s tennis is totally different a lot, perhaps everyone should be directing their venom to the interviewer for asking such a patronising question, to which John answered truthfully.
Thankfully he has yet to apologise and I respect that more than the people who have to change the meaning of language and context to get their point across.
It’s a social pandemic at the moment and one that doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. How are decent people meant to have a conversation when others extrapolate meanings or subvert the subtext and meanings of the English language and ram down their straw man arguments, jumping ten steps ahead in the conversation?
In many ways, I still believe the knee-jerkers and sensationalists actually understand the context even when they pretend they don’t, but the drama and victim-hood wouldn’t be worth anything if they admitted it. Sad, sad times.
We still like you here at the Daily Rail, John.