During an interview on NPR about his new book, “But Seriously,” McEnroe said Williams was the “best female player ever — no question,” but when asked why he qualifies it as “female,” McEnroe said “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”
“CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell asked McEnroe whether he’d like to apologize. McEnroe replied, “No.”
When asked why it was necessary for him to say that about Williams during his NPR interview, McEnroe said, “She’s the greatest female player that ever lived, then the lady said to me, I don’t remember which one, but she said, ‘why did you say woman, why don’t you just say the greatest, you know, tennis player that ever lived’ and so then I felt the need, however unfortunately probably, to defend myself. I don’t know, just say what I really felt, which is about what I think she would be.”
John McEnroe told “CBS This Morning” Tuesday that he will not apologize for his.