John McEnroe told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he could defeat Serena Williams if he played her in a match.
“My daughters are over there,” 56-year-old McEnroe said. “I think it's mixed, they think I'd probably lose to Serena. I believe that I could still take her.”
Kimmel then asked why a bout between McEnroe and Williams hasn't already occurred, to which the former World No. 1 replied, “Serena - she's got a lot to lose by losing to an old fart like myself. And I got a lot to lose, because if I lose to, God forbid, a woman, then I'm not allowed in any men's locker room for the next 15 years, or possibly the end of my life.”
McEnroe subsequently likened the fantasy match to a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. He later added, “I don't think I could take her in the ring.”
Williams, 33, will go for a calendar Grand Slam at the U.S. Open next month.
Watch the full interview below:
- Kayla Lombardo