John McEnroe is insulted by the concept of a “battle of the sexes” match against Venus Williams.
“Do you hear Marion Jones saying she could beat Maurice Greene?” McEnroe said today, referring to the world’s fastest sprinters.
McEnroe, in London for a seniors tournament, was reminded that Donald Trump had reportedly offered $1 million for him to take on Venus or Serena Williams.
“This is not John McEnroe issuing a challenge,” he said. “I wouldn’t waste my breath. Many times people have asked me whether I’d play Venus Williams, Steffi Graf or Martina Navratilova. It’s not something that interests me.
“Sure, Venus Williams is a great woman player, but to insult somebody by saying I’m an old man or whatever, to get away with saying that. Anyone who knows anything about tennis wouldn’t do that.”
One thing’s for certain, however. The 41-year-old McEnroe will face old foe Bjorn Borg in London this week — maybe for the last time.
Old Rivalry Still Strong
The two tennis greats meet at the Royal Albert Hall in the Honda Challenge Seniors Tour championship. They are in the same round-robin group with Mansour Bahrami and John Lloyd.
The other group has former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, French Open winners Yannick Noah and Mats Wilander, and Henri Leconte.
The highlight of the five-day tournament is the Borg-McEnroe meeting on Friday. Organizers have focused on their epic meetings at Wimbledon, where the American left-hander ended the Swede’s streak of five titles in 1980 after losing to Borg the year before.
While Borg said he was winding down his career and would play only occasionally next year, McEnroe said he still had plenty to offer tennis — whether on the court or behind a microphone.
In Mac’s Humble Opinion
McEnroe, who quit as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team two weeks ago, said he would offer himself as a doubles player but doesn’t expect to get the call.
“I couldn’t really pick myself when I was captain,” said McEnroe, who quit, among other things, because he was frustrated he couldn’t get stars such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi to commit to the team.
With the United States looking for a new captain, possibly his brother Patrick, McEnroe is waiting to see what happens.
“I’m not holding my breath, put it that way,” he said. “But I don’t see anyone out there who plays a better game of doubles than I do. I won five Davis Cups and nobody can take that away from me.”