“Would it kill her to say hello?” – The attitude of Venus and Serena Williams once frustrated John McEnroe immensely

Venus and Serena Williams are hugely successful in the world of tennis and have many supporters. Additionally, they are also known for speaking their minds from the start of their careers, as the sisters have received recognition over the years for not flinching and speaking their minds. However, there are times when people have misunderstood her words and criticized her for it.

One such example comes from the early days of Venus and Serena’s professional tennis careers. They said a few things that upset tennis veteran John McEnroe.


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John McEnroe beats Williams sisters

Around the year 2000, the two former world No. 1 stormed almost every WTA tour. They dominated tournaments and were the ones who could challenge each other.

Surrounded by the success, Serena Williams passed the statement demanding a chance to compete in some of the men’s tournaments. Plus seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe answered, “What they have achieved is great, but they have no respect for anyone in the game. Enough is enough.”

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 12: US OPEN 1999, WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL, New York/USA; WINNER Venus WILLIAMS and Serena WILLIAMS/USA (Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After that he asked “Are golfers saying they can go out and beat Tiger Woods?” Also, former world No. 1 Venus Williams accused of showing a lack of humility when she won the 2000 Wimbledon championship by questioning: “Would it kill you to greet people in the dressing room?”


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In 2000, Venus defeated Lindsay Davenport, the defending champion, to claim her first-ever Wimbledon title.

What are Venus and Serena Williams doing these days?

Although both sisters left Circle around the same time in 2021, only one has returned. The 23-time Grand Slam champion returned to the tours by participating in the grass swing.


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She has played doubles at the WTA Eastbourne tournament and reached the semi-finals before losing to French Harmony Tan in the first round at the Wimbledon Championships.

Serena Williams of the United States is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams of the United States after their women’s singles third round match on day five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing section of the Queens borough of New Zealand York-City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Speaking of Venus Williams, her chances of returning to the grass swing became almost nil when her coach decided to travel with Serena. But fans can expect to see the legendary American on the pitch alongside Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles game.

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