What John McEnroe has said of Serena Williams' seeding debate at Wimbledon

Sherman Parsons
June 26, 2018

The decision comes after the USTA faced criticism for how the organization handled the seeding of Serena Williams at the French Open last month.

She said: "I think Wimbledon will make the right choice and I think they will seed her".

"I think it's great, and I know that there is definitely some talks, and I'm sure that some rules are going to change in the near future about this".

There is split opinion throughout the game on whether Williams should have been stripped of her ranking when she took a break from the game to have a child. Looking towards King in the Centre Court Royal Box afterwards, Williams said: "Hey Billie, I got you, it's number 13 for me".

The Flushing Meadows grand slam will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning from a pregnancy, according to United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams. Williams will use a protected ranking to enter Wimbledon, but their seedings committee will decide this week whether she should be included among the top 32 in the draw.

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John McEnroe and Serena Williams don't share the greatest of the bonds.

The 29-year-old reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2011 and 2016 but may struggle to do so this year if Williams nabs her spot.

Williams returned to the circuit in March this year after giving birth to her baby girl. "But Williams went on to beat seeded players in the second and third rounds before withdrawing with a pectoral injury". "So I think it's important to have those rules" reviewed. That's me coming from a different viewpoint'. I think it's encouraging. That's why I gave my daughter the trophy. It's thus clear that Serena's pregnancy situation is affecting her betting odds, which might present value.

- Aged 20, Serena already had two Grand Slam titles under her belt, but winning her first Wimbledon crown, at the expense of her sister Venus, was her true breakthrough moment. The pregnancy, the time away from the sport, and the recent injury are just enough to scare bettors into longish odds for Williams, and those concerns might be unfounded.

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