Tennis - British woman Naomi Broady says that there is no need to compare men's tennis to women's tennis as the two are as different as men's tennis and football. In an interview to The Daily Mail, Broady talks about the recent controversy raised by John McEnroe's comments regarding Serena Williams' ranking on the men's tour. "I feel the women’s game is improving so much and is so strong and so open now that we don’t know who is going to win Wimbledon this year.
I think the media enjoy the (McEnroe) debate more than the players. You can’t compare men and women tennis players. It is like trying to compare Serena to Roger Federer, which is as ridiculous as comparing Federer to Cristiano Ronaldo in football – there is no comparison." 27-year-old Broady adds that the players on the WTA Tour are happy that Williams is expecting her first child and are hoping that she comes back to tennis after she has given birth to her baby.
"Everyone (on the tour) is so excited that Serena is pregnant. She is just one of the greatest athletes of all time, so once she has a family I hope she comes back and continues to play after. The fact tennis is the only sport where people make comparisons between men and women is a great thing and I think it is because of a great player like Serena that we are able to make those comparisons.
We are still pushing towards equality and we are not quite there, even within tennis, and we are so far ahead of other women’s sports. So, we will keep paving the way with great ambassadors such as Billie Jean King and I am sure we will eventually get there.’ Broady begins her Wimbledon campaign with a first round match against Romanian Irina Camelia Begu.