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McEnroe refuses to apologise for Serena Williams comments

McEnroe refuses to apologise for Serena Williams comments

The American has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record in the Open era, which began in 1968.

Pregnant tennis champion Serena Williams posed in a handsome bump-baring cover shoot for Vanity Fair magazine as she opened up about expecting her first child.

McEnroe did not apologize for the statements, which he said he would not do earlier Tuesday, and instead told Colbert the story behind what prompted his comments about Williams.

"Why don't you combine ... She's pregnant so maybe I should play her now". She responded by asking the former tennis player to respect her and her privacy as she's trying to have a baby. "This is kind of how I am right now", she said. "She's - I think she was doing a tongue-in-cheek as well". "I can't even believe we're talking about it", he added.

"Williams said, of her initial thoughts: "'Oh my God, this can't be - I've got to play a tournament. I've said this 1,000 times.

Great place to start her stunning pictorial in Vanity Fair Magazine.

McEnroe has been forced to defend himself on TV after claiming Williams would be ranked 700th in the world if she played against men.

But she took a pregnancy test only after a friend's nagging, dismissing the idea as a joke and taking it while she was working on her hair and makeup for a sponsor appearance. In an interview with BBC, he said that McEnroe's statement was not meant as an attack on women and that it was based on a general fact, that men are stronger than men.

King originally declined to play Riggs and Australian Margaret Court - at the time the top female player in the world - stepped in.

McEnroe has been widely criticised for appearing to belittle the achievements of Williams, but defended his remarks.

With plans to conquer the Australian Open and Wimbledon later in the year, a pregnancy wasn't in Williams' plans.

Earlier this year she announced that she would be taking a break from Tennis as she is expecting a baby, and despite this she is now ranked 4th in the world by the WTA (Women's Tennis Association). "This is happening sooner than later, and it's going by so fast".


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