Serena Williams Stuns In Pregnant Photo Shoot For Vanity Fair

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

While speaking to NPR about his soon-to-be released book, host Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked McEnroe about Williams and whether he believed she holds the title of best player in the world.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is now away from the WTA Tour while pregnant with her first child, is one of the most decorated athletes of all time but was forced to respond to claims made by her compatriot as he looked to promote his new book.

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has hit back at John McEnroe, saying the tennis legend should respect her and her privacy and should abstain from making comments that are "not factually based". But when asked about her being the best ever, without gender qualifiers, McEnroe was clear that he didn't think so. "Why don't you just say the greatest tennis player that ever lived?' Then I felt the need to defend myself and say what I really felt, which is about what I think she would be".

"Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based". "I've been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped". If you would have told me past year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world.

"Serena, have a great time with the baby", he said.

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The 58-year-old McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles during his career, and he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. Being 700th in pro tennis means you make no money and play some of the lowest tier tournaments in the world in front of a crowd that consists of mostly your and your opponent's family and coaches.

In the interview for the upcoming August issue, Williams dished about how she found out she was pregnant (it only took 6 pregnancy tests to convince her!) and shared her love story with fiancé, Alexis Ohanian.

McEnroe said he didn't think his comments would "create controversy", insisting that he only wants the best for Williams.

McEnroe added, "I have the solution, why don't men and women just play together?"

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