Andy Murray may have lost Wednesday at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals to Sam Querrey, but he definitely won the post-match press conference.
When a reporter started phrasing a question to Murray by claiming that Querrey was “the first U.S. player to reach a major semifinal since 2009,” Murray quickly interrupted with “male player.”
Several American women’s tennis players have reached the semifinals of major tournaments in recent years, most notably Serena Williams, who has won 12 major titles since 2009. Serena’s sister, Venus, will play in the semifinal at Wimbledon on Thursday, in addition to making it to the final at the Australian Open earlier this year. Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys have also made semis in the last three years.
Murray’s interruption drew widespread praise on social media, including from his mother.
The reporter was quick to correct himself and let out a chuckle. But Murray, for his part, remained unamused.
P.K. Subban is apparently a very big fan of Serena Williams, and the fact that she isn’t at Wimbledon this year didn’t stop him from showing his appreciation for the tennis great.
The Nashville Predators defenseman tweeted this photo on Tuesday of himself hugging a giant poster of Williams with a giant grin on his face.
Subban’s love for Williams has been documented. In 2013, they promoted the Rogers Cup together and he admitted he had a “giant crush” on her.
Unfortunately, Williams is not at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant. But it’s good to know that Subban is still having a blast.
LONDON — John McEnroe says Serena Williams would be “like 700” in the world tennis rankings if she played on the men’s tour.
McEnroe, speaking to NPR about his memoir “You Cannot Be Serious,” says Williams is the best female player ever, “no question.” But when asked about her being the best ever, without gender qualifiers, McEnroe was clear that he didn’t think so.
McEnroe says “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”
The former tennis bad boy added that he thought Williams could beat some male players, “but if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”
McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles in his career. Williams has won 23.