While the US Open tennis tournament wraps up this weekend in Flushing Meadows, New York, it’s interesting to recall that the state’s most famous showman (now relocated to Washington DC) once dreamed of a wholly-different spectacle.
McENROE VS WILLIAMS
Donald Trump has made more than a few headlines with dust ups involving women (see Rosie O’Donnell, Megyn Kelly, and Heidi Klum), but fifteen years ago he tried to orchestra a a battle of the sexes on the tennis court. According to John McEnroe, the real estate mogul attempted to set up a match between him and Serena Williams, but didn’t offer enough money to make it happen.
Appearing in 2015 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, McEnroe also offered that he thinks he could still beat Williams if the opportunity availed itself — with the caveat that his daughters, who were standing offstage, would likely disagree.
As for Williams, she will be trying for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title today when she faces Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the US Open final.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Trump’s try at matchmaking was probably inspired by 1973’s heavily publicized “Battle of the Sexes” between Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King.
Prior to his highly-suspect shellacking by King, Riggs came on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to give the host some tennis pointers.