John McEnroe on playing Serena Williams: ‘I could still take her’

Thursday August 20th, 2015

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.”

• Serena Williams can join elite group of calendar Grand Slam winners

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:

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