Mid-day talker: John McEnroe -- "I think it's asking too much of the women."

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • August 27, 2010 - 12:08 PM


John McEnroe is about to have at least half the world's population on his back. That is if they don't faint from the heat. Or if they can catch him. (Kidding, of course, to set this thing up).



In John McEnroe's view, the WTA schedule should be scaled back because women's tennis players do not appear to be able to handle the physical and mental aspects of the game.

"I think that it's asking too much of the women," McEnroe said. "They shouldn't be playing as many events as the men . . . The women have it better in tennis than in any other sport, thanks to Billie Jean King [who has pushed for equal prize money for women]. But you shouldn't push them to play more than they're capable of."


McEnroe said that as the sport has evolved, the physical demands of the game have increased, and more than that, women are dealing with "the expectations they have for themselves."

"They should be required to be in less events, there should be less events for the women," he said on the call. "It seems it takes an actual meltdown on the court or women quitting the game altogether before they realize there's a need to change the schedule."

Um ... yeah. That's not ... um ... particularly enlightened, now is it? If there is a sentence you should never speak, it is "I think that it's asking too much of the women." It just will never end well regardless of the circumstance.

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