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Female players still lag, McEnroe says

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Has John McEnroe mellowed enough to become a fan of women's tennis?

With all the excitement surrounding Grand Slam-winning sisters Venus and Serena Williams, "the men may eventually have to sue for equal pay," McEnroe told The New Yorker magazine on newsstands Monday.

Still, the former champ — who has sometimes denigrated the quality of the women's game — said "any good male college player could beat the Williams sisters and so could any man on the senior tour."

Tennis commentator Mary Carillo, a McEnroe friend, says he's recently become far more respectful of women's tennis. Once he told her "he had no interest in calling women's tennis because he's not a woman."