As a 23-time major victor, many believe Serena deserves to be seeded regardless of her current reduced status.
The French Open decided against it and received waves of criticism, though many offered a defence that it would be unfair on the player who had worked all year to position herself as the 32nd seed only to be booted out and miss out on a spot. "I get it. I would not want to be the number 32 player in the world who has worked hard in the previous year to obtain this ranking", said Adams, herself a former player. However, French Open chiefs decided against seeding Williams.
Now stationed at No. 9 in the rankings: Venus Williams, herself a five-time solo Wimbledon champ, also with six doubles titles to her credit at SW19 alongside her younger sister.
Speaking on the matter, McEnroe said: 'What's her name? "No offense. You're talking about Serena'".
The American, now ranked 181st in the world, was unseeded at the French Open.More news: Amazon Might Have Just Leaked The Date This Years Amazon Prime Day
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Williams has fallen down the standings after missing a year of action while giving birth to her first child. I think she deserves to be seeded. That's just the way it goes sometimes.
"I think and I hope - and it should be under review - to change these rules". That's me coming from a different viewpoint'.
"I don't think there would be one player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight [seeds]", McEnroe explained.
The officials of the grass-court event take other factors into consideration and have leeway to grant Williams a seeded place. She wants to continue to play. She then did not play any of the clay warm-ups until Roland Garros where she won her first three rounds before pulling out with a pectoral muscle injury before her fourth-round clash with Maria Sharapova.