Serena Williams can brush apart the controversy surrounding her U.S. Open last loss and has no must apologize for her confrontation with the umpire, in line with John McEnroe.
Williams has not performed on the WTA Tour since being crushed by Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows however will return to the courtroom at The Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi later this month earlier than collaborating within the Australian Open in January.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s loss to Osaka was overshadowed by her heated conflict with umpire Carlos Ramos, who she referred to as a “liar” and a “thief” after she was penalized with a recreation penalty following code violations for on-court teaching, racket abuse and verbal abuse.
McEnroe insists the furor that adopted won’t be a distraction when Williams goes searching for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam in Melbourne.
“I do not suppose so,” mentioned McEnroe, who was talking forward of the Champions Tennis on the Royal Albert Corridor.
“I imply, there’s different issues which have occurred. This is not the very first thing that is ever occurred together with her.
“She’s been there. I doubt that that is her main concern proper now. I feel individuals really can be behind her simply ‘trigger she’s nonetheless enjoying.
“The occasion’s higher if she’s in it, let’s state the apparent, and she or he’s making an attempt to tie Margaret Courtroom if she wins that [Australian Open] in order that routinely makes it extra attention-grabbing.”
Williams had claimed she was handled unfairly as a girl.
McEnroe, who was recognized for the occasional on-court outburst, believes Williams has no must apologize to Ramos and thinks the entire scenario has been overblown.
“She used a whole lot of playing cards, but when ‘thief’ is the worst phrase you used, I’ve received some unhealthy information for you,” he added.
“There’s a whole lot of different gamers, together with myself, and in a whole lot of different sports activities which have accomplished far worse. Not that it is the neatest thing to be referred to as a thief however, I imply, come on.”
Responding to a journalist’s level that Williams claimed males have accomplished worse than what she did, McEnroe replied: “I am stunned she did not invoke my title there! [I] wasn’t upset, simply stunned.
“She’s completely appropriate about that, proper? That is not a sexist remark, is it? I feel that is only a assertion of reality.”
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