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Serena Williams: John McEnroe makes shock claim over US Open controversy | Tennis | Sport

That is the view of tennis legend and seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe.

Williams was embroiled in a furious row with umpire Carlos Ramos after he witnessed coaching taking place from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Williams was warned, then received two further code violations which meant she was penalised a game.

The 37-year-old has not played a tennis match since that incident and is not due to return until the Hopman Cup in January.

Speaking at the start of the Champions Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall, McEnroe was asked for his thoughts on the matter.

And the 59-year-old, who was no stranger to controversy in his playing days, said the incident was handled badly by everyone involved.

“This isn’t the first thing that’s happened with her,” McEnroe said.

“She’s been there. I doubt that’s her major concern right now. Let’s state the obvious.

“She is trying to tie Margaret Court [at an all-time record 24 majors] so that automatically makes it more interesting than all the other subplots.

“She was wrong and so was the umpire, as far as I was concerned.

“We all know that people coach all the time, right?

“And this guy suddenly decides to call her on it in the final of the US Open? Really?

“She was upset about it, she got a point penalty, she broke her racket, there is no question about that.

“And then she went after the guy later in the set and obviously was venting.

“I think it was badly handled by all concerned …not that I have any experience in that.”

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