Serena vs. JMac Exhibition

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  1. thor's hammer

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    I suspect male hitting partners tone it down when they practice with female pros. As others have pointed out, not the same thing.

    In any event, regarding the lose-lose nature of a Serena-Mac exo, yes, it could be looked at that way. And if so I think the bigger risk would be Serena's, as *if* Mac got beat he could always plead age.

    That being said I think this exo could be a HUGE WIN FOR TENNIS. Serena and Mac, each in their own way, have transcended tennis and are known and have appeal in the general culture. And we're just coming up on the 40 year anniversary of the King-Riggs Battle of the Sexes. The TV audience almost certainly wouldn't be as large, but a worldwide Internet audience? The sky's the limit!

    The timing is right for Netflix or Youtube (Google), both of which have the online infrastructure in place, and both of which are moving quickly to establish themselves as content providers, to underwrite the production and delivery of this event.

    Do it in Vegas. Serena can pull in some of her buds, (Jay-Z, Beyonce) Mac his (Sandler, Baldwin). There are a lot of bits that could coalesce to make this a killer!
     
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  2. Onehandedbackhand

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    Jay-Z would no more take that risk than fly the moon. If old man Mac kicked the crap out of her, it'd be embarrassing.
     
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  3. Gonzalito17

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    BJK verbally agreed to play Riggs again before the Houston victory, but she renegged on that promise and never played Riggs again.

    McEnroe would beat Serena, easily.
     
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  4. Nadalgaenger

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    I like your thinking here! Remember, I started the thread so I want at least 10% of all the winnings. Maybe you can be the promoter and earn another 10%! Give the rest to cancer research or something!
     
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  5. sportsfan1

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    Interesting. I saw Nav hit into the doubles alley and Connors continued to play - What were the rules for this match - was she spotted the whole court on the opposite side?
     
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  6. 1477aces

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    maybe. But I doubt he's in better shape than Serena at 55.
     
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  7. thor's hammer

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    Yes, in that exo Martina could hit into the full court, and Connors only got one serve. If Serena and Mac were to play IMHO it should be straight up, no handicaps either way. Mac's age hopefully would provide what's needed to make it competitive. We can all weigh in endlessly, but only one way to find out.

    Works for me. ;-)
     
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  8. sportsfan1

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    Thanks for the clip and information.
    Hasn't Mac been cramping up in several recent exhibitions including when he walked out from the commentary booth against Djok for a short hit? Not sure if he could play a whole set.
     
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  9. The Bawss

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    Seriously the amount of delusion here is so strong. Mac now wouldn't win against Azarenka or Sharapova let alone Serena! The man is a walking fossil. He has no power, no movement and he has probably never seen the kind of spin the new rackets produce. As someone has said, the top girls practice with young men with way more power than McEnroe ever had, they have seen anything McEnroe can throw at them and then some. He would go down in straights, remove those rose-tinted glasses, TTW.
     
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    I remember that there was one point when Serena got mad at Sasha for thinking that he wasn't hitting the balls as hard as the girls she was playing.
     
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  11. thor's hammer

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    I think your take on things is way off, but again, we'll never know unless Mac and Serena play. The one thing we do know for certain is that there would be a lot of interest in seeing this match happen!

    For background there's a good summary of previous inter-gender contests here.

    The King-Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" took place on 9/20/73. Riggs was 55 at the time, King 30. McEnroe is now 54, Serena 32.
     
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  12. AtomicForehand

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    FWIW, Serena's 31. Turns 32 in September.
     
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  13. 70後

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    Why would Serena want to play with a talk show host?
     
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  14. mightyrick

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    I agree. I think actually that Mac might take Serena.

    The guy still has superior net and volleying skills and his serve is still very good. Both are things you need in order to beat Serena.
     
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  15. 1477aces

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    Guys are crazy, Serena would beat Mac pretty handily.
     
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    Like to bump this thread, as there was a little talk of Serena playing an exo with Murray recently - probably would've picked up some momentum if she had won Wimbledon.

    In any event I still think it makes more sense for her to do it (first) with McEnroe. Murray would have to throttle way down, otherwise would blow her off the court. Johnny Mac at this point? A lot of posters here seem to think she would take him.

    Lets get it on! ;-)
     
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    Sigh...

    Seriously?
     
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  18. Nadalgaenger

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    I really wish McEnroe would come out and play this. I think the hype about Serena needs to be mitigated.
     
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  19. Nostradamus

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    J Mac will never do it.. Too risky for his Ego......................
     
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  20. Nadalgaenger

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    Well, it puts him in a tough spot from a PR point of view. I mean the politically correct thing for him is to bow down and take a beating from Serena, proving somehow that women's tennis should matter more.

    I fear that most women (and many men) would root against them. Also, it might turn into a farce, with the two giving way to their unsportsmanlike behavior to rile the crowd.

    In terms of skill, I still think McEnroe could kill her. I say 6-3, 6-2.
     
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  21. Sysyphus

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    Ha, I'd pay to watch this.

    I like it :mrgreen:
     
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  22. Soianka

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    I think he would definitely do it. He was trying to promote the idea of playing against Serena or Venus in a BOTS years ago when they were teens.
     
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  23. Serve&Bash

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    LOL really? I mean I saw an interview with Mac from 1999 and he looked quite young, It would definitely have been unfair if they had played him back then. Its been a long time since then, so maybe the playing field is leveled now...it might even be in serena's favor.
     
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  24. Soianka

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    Yeah, he really was trying to promote this back in 1999 or so. The Williams sisters pretty much ignored him. It was around that same year that he was trying to play mixed doubles with Steffi at Wimbledon and then she withdrew from MD and he got ****y.
     
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  25. heninfan99

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    Mac serves fantastic these days and has a trainer, they run on the beach. Would love to see this. But I want to see a full best of 3 sets none of the 10 point tie break nonsense.

    Goran vs. Sampras as the opening act.
     
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  26. Nadalgaenger

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    Seriously though, if tennis were truly interested in promoting itself in the US, then this kind of exhibition would be a no-brainer.

    Madison Square Garden, after the USO.

    The winner gets to donate $1,000,000 to their favorite charity.

    Ticket sales/pay per view revenue would be huge.

    Thoughts?
     
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