Serena Williams Responds Classily To John McEnroe's Rankings Dig

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By this stage - 23 grand slams, 22 years as a pro, undeniable legend - Serena Williams doesn't really need to justify her position in the world of tennis, but that doesn't mean that she can't hold her own when her talents are called into question.

By now you'll have likely heard about John McEnroe's interview with NPR, in which the original tennis trash talker said that Williams has earned the title as the greatest woman to play tennis, but he wouldn't put her in the category of greatest to ever play tennis.

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"That doesn't mean I don't think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen on a given day is Serena could beat some players, I believe, because she is so incredibly strong mentally," McEnroe said.

"But if she had to just play the circuit -- the men's circuit -- that would be an entirely different story."

"If she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world."

While McEnroe's comments could be seen as an intentionally provocative move, Serena's measured response ended up being the real winner of the whole redundant conversation.

Kill them with kindness, Serena.

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