Ser­ena Wil­liams has noth­ing to apol­o­gise for - McEn­roe

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NPer­haps un­sur­pris i ngl y , J ohn McEn­roe doesn’t think Ser­ena Wil­liams needs to apol­o­gise for her ac­tions in the US Open fi­nal.

Wil­liams drew wide­spread sup­port and crit­i­cism for her dra­matic melt­down in New York, as she la­belled um­pire Car­los Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” and claimed sex­ism af­ter she re­ceived three code vi­o­la­tions.

The Amer­i­can has not played or spo­ken out the in­ci­dent since, but McEn­roe - ob­vi­ously mind­ful of the proverb that says peo­ple in glass houses shouldn’t throw s t ones - doesn’t think she has any­thing to atone for.

“If thief is the worst word she used, I have got some bad news for you. There are a lot of other play­ers, in­clud­ing my­self, in a lot of other sports, that have done far worse. Come on,” said McEn­roe, who was fa­mously dis­qual­i­fied from the 1990 Aus­tralian Open af­ter a melt­down of his own. “If I use a four-let­ter word and say that you are a “blank­ing blank”, which let’s say hy­po­thet­i­cally I have used in the past, do you think that would be worse than say­ing that you are a thief? “She was ab­so­lutely right to say men have got away with worse. I am sur­prised she didn’t in­voke my name there. I wasn’t dis­ap­pointed just sur­prised!”

McEn­roe con­tin­ued: “The way it panned out with Ser­ena, she was wrong and so was the um­pire.

“Maybe she j ust wanted it too bad. In the e nd, s he shot her­self in the foo t . ”

Ser­ena Wil­liams.

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