World number 701 ranked player in the men’s circuit, Dmitry Tursunov, says he could beat Australian Open champion, Serena Williams.
Tursunov has added to the ongoing controversy which has trailed John McEnroe’s comments that Williams would be ranked 700 in the world if she played in the men’s circuit.
“I would hope that I would win against Serena,” Tursunov told the BBC.
“It would be a similar argument to: ‘who would run faster, the fastest woman or the fastest man?’ Tennis is becoming more and more a physical sport, so it’s going to be hard for a woman to beat a man.
“It’s not black and white. There are lots of factors to take into account. Physically, I might not be in the best shape of life, but as an overall package, I’m much better than my ranking would suggest.
“She is pregnant, and I’m not,” he added.
The 32-year-old Russian also defended McEncroe’s comments, saying he never says anything ‘stupid.’
“I’ve never heard John say anything absolutely stupid,” he said.
“What he said about her being an incredible player is correct- explosive, powerful and she puts in a lot of work.
“But I would hope that I would win,” he added.