McEnroe: Venus might quit with Serena

Venus might quit with Serena

McEnroe: Venus might quit with Serena

By Richard Pagliaro | Wednesday 23 August 2022

Serena Williams plans to close the curtain on her glorious career at the US Open.

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John McEnroe thinks we could see the Williams sisters exit the Grand Slam stage together.

In a Zoom call with the media to promote ESPN’s US Open coverage, which begins Monday on ESPN, McEnroe praised Venus Williams as “the greatest thing that ever happened [Serena]’ and said he envisions 42-year-old Venus completing her career in New York with Serena.

“She’s obviously an incredible player. And she has some diverse interests, too,” McEnroe said of Venus. “We don’t know that much…

“Venus was pretty secretive for a long time. It’s hard to say exactly where she’s from. But I hope she’s in a good place and she deserves it. And I’d be surprised if she keeps acting much longer. In fact, I would think she’d stop acting the same way Serena did.”

After defeating Venus to win her 23rd Grand Slam championship at the 2017 Australian Open, Serena credited Venus with the inspiration for her success.

“I would really like to take this moment to congratulate Venus, she is an amazing person,” Serena said during the trophy presentation. “There is no way I would be 23 without her, there is no way I would be one without her. She’s my inspiration, the only reason I’m standing here today, the only reason the Williams sisters exist. So thanks for inspiring me to work hard every time you win this week. I felt like I won too.

hall of fame Chrissie Evert Said former world No. 1 Venus Williams deserves her own official departure from the sport.

“The thing with Venus is just nice to see her supporting Serena,” Evert told the media. “She’s always in the stands when Serena is playing big games. And she’s always shown a lot of class and a lot of grace, both off and on the pitch.

“I can’t say she was underrated, but I think a little shadow is cast on her because of Serena. Venus herself deserves a great farewell and so does her contributions to tennis.”

Former World No. 1 McEnroe was asked about his portrayal in the movie King Richard and said the scene where he blows away young Venus and Serena was “wrong” and it didn’t happen.

“It is wrong. I didn’t walk away in disgust, refused to see Serena. That’s all I’m saying,” McEnroe said. “I was there. I saw her.

“Why would I walk away after being told that I will see two children 8 and 9 who will be the future number ones like I refuse to see these children for what? Because I’m a hothead. But that’s not right.”

To commemorate Serena William’s amazing career, on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, ESPN2 will televise a 10-hour marathon of five of her memorable big finals.

Her opponent in three of the five is her sister Venus, twice at the Australian Open, including her most recent Major win in 2017, and once at Wimbledon.

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