Openly Christian tennis star Margarett Court, 80, criticized recently retired Serena Williams, claiming her record is far superior to Williams’s. Williams is widely heralded as the greatest women’s tennis star of all time, so Court’s criticism hits hard.
As the Daily Wire reports:
“Court, an open Christian largely shunned by the tennis world, criticized Williams during a rare interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
‘Serena, I’ve admired her as a player,” Court asserted. “But I don’t think she has ever admired me.'”
Court also claimed during the interview that Williams made no attempt to honor her opponent, before turning the conversation to a comparison of her record with that of Williams.
“‘Serena has played seven years more than I did. I finished in my early 30s. People forget that I took two years out. I first retired, like Ash Barty, when I was 25, thinking I would never return to tennis. I got married, had a baby, but then had one of my best years, winning 24 out of 25 tournaments. I came back after two babies! After having the first baby, I won three out of the four slams. And Serena hasn’t won a slam since.”
She also claimed it was harder to compete in the 1960’s and 1970’s than it is in the current era — citing the ease of travel as one of the premier reasons for her remarks.
“I would love to have played in this era – I think it’s so much easier… How I would love to have taken family or friends along with me. But I couldn’t, I had to go on my own or with the national team. People don’t see all that. As amateurs, we had to play every week, because we didn’t have any money. Now, they can take off whenever they want, fly back whenever they want.” Court claimed.
These are strong claims. Tennis fans will debate who is the GOAT — the Greatest of All Time — till the end of the age. But Court does make some powerful remarks that will have people thinking twice before they claim Williams is unambiguously the greatest.