| By Steven Kaplan

How would the best male tennis player do against the best female tennis player? The man would win.

What if the man were pregnant and the woman had the superpowers of Jessica Jones? The woman would win.

What if the man were ranked better than 700th in the world and he played Serena Williams?

The man would win, according to John McEnroe in his new book.

Serena tweeted John words to the effect that he should stop his "Non-fact-based talk, especially because she is pregnant."

Lebron vs. Michael, Brady vs. Montana, Mantle vs. Mays.

Such "What If” talk about sports is as old as sports itself and being pregnant doesn't get you a pass. Serena is a public figure who actively seeks endorsements. She doesn't get the luxury of picking and choosing how, when and who talks about her.

Let's not forget, it was "What If" talk that precipitated The Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that changed the role of women in sports forever.

Steven Kaplan

Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.