John McEnroe Strikes Back At Serena Williams Over Vanity Fair Cover

Serena Williams - Vanity Fair by Annie Leibowitz
Photo by Annie Leibowitz for Vanity Fair

Last week, he made a ridiculous comment claiming Serena Williams is not one of the greatest tennis players in history because she isn’t a man. This week, John McEnroe has started Wimbledon by serving the star another backhand, this time criticising her nude Vanity Fair front cover.

The presenter and former Wimbledon champion caused outrage last week after suggesting Williams would rank 700th if she played against men instead of women.

John McEnroe hits back at Serena Williams
John McEnroe at the Australian Open in January 2017 – Photo by Getty

Williams, who won the Australian Open this year while pregnant, responded to his comments thusly:

McEnroe apologised, and we assumed it was all over.

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However, on the first day of Wimbledon on Monday, he decided to stoke the embers once more. He implied that Williams was a hypocrite for using her pregnancy as publicity by starring naked on the cover of Vanity Fair when she had publicly asked him for privacy,

The striking image, which we described as the epitome of female empowerment, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz. It echoed the famous 1991 Vanity Fair cover of Demi Moore.

“[Serena] also said to me, ‘Respect my privacy’—and then I saw her doing a Demi Moore lookalike thing on the cover of Vanity Fair,” McEnroe told ESPN.

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McEnroe then asked former women’s number one Chris Evert where Williams would rank if she played in men’s tournaments. She replied: “It’s not relevant. It’s apples and oranges.”

Our wounded ego senses are tingling.

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