Cannot be serious

56-year-old McEnroe reckons he could still beat the world's best female player

“Serena’s got a lot to lose by losing to an old fart like myself.”

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IT’S OVER 30 years since he last won a Grand Slam title but John McEnroe believes he still has what it takes to mix it with the leading player in women’s tennis.

McEnroe, who’s now 56, was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night and the conversation inevitably turned to the most dominant player in the sport this year — Serena Williams.

The start of the US Open is just over a week away and Williams will be aiming to complete a rare calendar year Grand Slam, having already emerged victorious from the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open so far in 2015.

The 33-year-old is looking to secure her fourth consecutive US Open title, which would take her career tally for Grand Slam wins to an incredible 22.

In McEnroe’s estimation, Williams is the greatest women’s player of all time, but he says that still wouldn’t be enough to beat him even 23 years after he officially retired.

Jimmy Kimmel Live / YouTube

“I believe that I could still take her,” said McEnroe, who added that Donald Trump once offered to make the match happen but it was “not enough”.

“Serena’s got a lot to lose by losing to an old fart like myself. And I’ve got a lot to lose because if I lose to — God forbid — a woman, I’m not allowed in any men’s locker room for the next 15 years, or possibly the end of my life, so that’s part of why it’s intriguing.”

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