Tennis Player John Isner: I Think The 700 or 800th Ranked Male Would Beat the Number One Ranked Female

September 10, 2009 – 9:25 am by Jimmy Shapiro

Any guy who plays sports has had this discussion with his buddies.  Could our rec league hoops team beat a WNBA team?  Could our softball team beat a college softball team?  Could a great recreational golfer beat a player on the LPGA tour playing from the women’s tees?  These questions are rarely answered.  Although my softball team did play the women’s semi-pro state championship team and beat them 17-2.  It was embarrassing as the score could have been worse.

This question also pertains to the one sport where men and women partake in the sport together.  Tennis has mixed doubles which is unlike anything else competition-wise in sports.  Recently 790 the Zone in Atlanta spoke to six foot nine inch tennis player John Isner and they discussed his upset of Andy Roddick in the US Open in the third round (he then lost in the fourth round), how he became a tennis player despite his height, and is asked the question of what is the lowest rank man that could beat the number one ranked female in the world.

How far down the men’s list would beat the number one woman in the world.  How far down do you believe the number goes?

“Oh gosh! I don’t want get the backlash from this comment.  It would go down pretty far.  (Host:  You know the truth.  Just say the truth, you know it,  you’re there.)    I think 700 or 800 in the world.”

I think if the WIlliams’ sisters heard this they’d want to fight you:

“They might.  I hope they don’t get a copy of this interview.”

Listen to John Isner on 790 the Zone in Atlanta with Morning Mayhem

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  1. 21 Responses to “Tennis Player John Isner: I Think The 700 or 800th Ranked Male Would Beat the Number One Ranked Female”

  2. he’s right. actually, you could probably go even further down the men’s ranking list.

    By dude mcnugget on Sep 10, 2009

  3. I think it’s so cute that Isner thinks he could beat Serena, never mind any guy ranked outside the top 10. What a joke–him and what he said.

    By HA HAHAHA on Sep 10, 2009

  4. anyone who thinks that women have any chance against any man ranked in the top 100 is dreaming.
    i would bet that the 1000th ranked male could beat the world no 1 woman around half of the time, maybe more.

    By roberto on Sep 10, 2009

  5. Serena is obviously good enough to beat the little girls and all those russians that double fault into defeats, but the ATP tour is very different.

    Much better footwork, more spin, more power, mentally stronger, much better serve, more variety and so on.

    Isner is absolutely right. Stating a fact is hardly the same as beeing chauvinistic.

    By Down the T on Sep 10, 2009

  6. @HA HAHAHA – Actually, he’d destroy them. Back in 1998 at the Australian, the 203rd ranked player, dude named Karsten Braasch played BOTH Williams Sisters and DESTROYED THEM

    6-1 and 6-2.

    He actually even smoked cigarettes on the changeover to rub it in. And the guy was old and out of tennis at that point.

    So, sorry, but a guy close to the top ten would just annihilate them.

    By He's right, probably on Sep 10, 2009

  7. this is absolutely the truth. i sit across from a guy who was beating guys ranked 700-800 back in his prime and he’s maintained for years that you could go all the way back to the 1,000 ranked man. hell, sharapova’s “hitter” could destroy her.

    it’s the same thing as when those 5 male students would practice against tennessee’s dominant national title teams and would dismantle them.

    By Tha Truth on Sep 11, 2009

  8. Isner was being kind…Your top club teaching pro or high end college player would wipe the court with them…I’d even go so far as to say an elite high school program’s #1 player would give them a solid match…

    By chris goldsholl on Sep 11, 2009

  9. “During the 1998 Australian Open, Serena and her older sister, Venus, boasted that they could beat any man ranked outside the world’s top 200. Karsten Braasch, a German ranked No 203 (his highest ranking was No 38), accepted the challenge. Braasch, who was already out of the tournament, played a round of golf in the morning, drank a couple of beers, smoked a few cigarettes, and then played the Williams sisters for a set each, one after the other. He defeated Serena, 6-1, and Venus, 6-2.”

    By Tha Truth on Sep 11, 2009

  10. Ha Ha Ha? are you serious? do you actually think Serena could beat anyone outside the top 10 men in the world? really?

    By DreamOutLoud on Sep 11, 2009

  11. He is absolutely right. there is no way a top 10 woman can take a game off a top 100 man.

    By narayan on Sep 11, 2009

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