"Delusional" men ridiculed after 1 in 8 say they can beat Serena Williams
One in eight men believe they could win a point in a game of tennis against the 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams, a new survey has found.
12 per cent of men think they could win a point off Williams if they were playing their “very best tennis”, a recent YouGov survey of 1,732 British adults discovered. Only three per cent of women think they could score a point against the American player.
— YouGov (@YouGov) July 12, 2019
The results have left social media users baffled over how the men can believe that they could hold their own against the world’s number nine, calling them "delusional".
“Lord, grant me the confidence of a mediocre white man,” one joked.
“This is why men run for President when they have no business doing so,” another wrote.
“Clearly those 1 in 8 men are either deluded or Grand Slam-winning professional tennis players,” one added.
Clearly those 1 in 8 men are either deluded or Grand Slam-winning professional tennis players.
— syedhossain (@syedhossain) July 12, 2019
Some noted the potential in the premise put forward in the question. One wrote, “Turn this into a TV show, not just with tennis. Regular Cocky Man VS Female Athlete. I’d watch it every week.”
“Please [Serena Williams] WE NEED TO SEE THIS please please please I would like to cry of laughter,” wrote model Chrissy Teigen.
Others wondered about the context of the hypothetical situation. “Is she blindfolded, too? Is there a 50 pound weight around her neck? Is her side of the court covered in tar and other hazards?” one wrote.
“If you gave me 500 chances, I bet Serena gets distracted by my fat belly and laughs herself into a double fault,” another joked.
“Reading through the replies, 1 in 8 men tried to logic out how they *could* get a point off under certain circumstances, rather than just admitting that they straight up couldn’t do it on skill which is the actual god****ed question and you know it,” another added.
Is she blindfolded, too? Is there a 50 pound weight around her neck? Is her side of the court covered in tar and other hazards?
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) July 12, 2019
Reading through the replies, 1 in 8 men tried to logic out how they *could* get a point off under certain circumstances, rather than just admitting that they straight up couldn’t do it on skill which is the actual goddamned question and you know it. Don’t @ me with semantics.
— Aqua Tofana (@lochnesshamstr) July 13, 2019
Even regular blokes joined in on poking fun at the survey results.
“Based off 33 years of being on this planet, I’d happily have guessed that 1 in 8 of us blokes are genuinely thick as p*****t, so this isn’t really surprising. Bless em,” one chimed in.
“One in eight men are cooked,” rapper Briggs posted on his account.
“I could definitely stand there and ask myself where the hell the ball disappeared to after Serena hit it,” another man wrote.
One in eight men are cooked 😂 https://t.co/mVlqUISJ9m
— Senator Briggs (@Briggs) July 14, 2019
Well, I mean it's definitely possible, she might just double-fault on the first point, before she'd had a chance to realise that she could consistently ace me by gently tapping the ball right into the middle of my side of the court while sitting in a nice comfy chair https://t.co/b2gKHkMnZc
— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief) July 12, 2019
While women athletes do not generally play against regular guys, the “Battle of the Sexes” between male and female professional players is a well-known tradition in tennis. One of the most famous games was the 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, where the former emerged triumphant in a straight-sets win of 6-4 6-3 6-3.