She jokingly announced she was “still undefeated” as she hung out with the duo afterwards.
“So the moral of the story is, you never know when I’m going to come to a tennis court near you,” Williams said, addressing the camera and giving hope to tennis fans everywhere.
So, yeah, no major motion picture is in the works for Trump's "Battle of the Sexes." But to Roberts—whose sportswriting career included breaking the news that Alex Rodriguez took steroids—Trump's proposed spectacle hinted at what was to come.
"It seemed like that moment came from some baseline of misogyny and disrespect for women," says Roberts, now a filmmaker. Certainly, in retrospect, it seems more important now."And Mc Enroe?
"I'm sure Trump saw it as an opportunity," Roberts said.
"He's an opportunist."Trump described his grand plan to her: a glitzy affair held at his (now-defunct) Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The reporter was chasing down a hot tip—it involved Donald Trump, a trash-talking tennis star and a million dollars. The journalist was Selena Roberts, the trash talker was John Mc Enroe, and the million dollars was tennis prize money. It started with Mc Enroe dissing Serena and Venus Williams in claiming the young stars (dominating women's tennis at the time, as they continue to do) would lose on the men's college or senior tours.
Tennis champion Serena Williams and Brett Ratner dated between 20, the time when a lot of the alleged assaults took place. Serena then appears to break up with Ratner, telling him she "wants to see other people"."It's too bad it didn't work out between us," she says, before Ratner jokes, "Is this the breakup episode?
Roberts talked with Trump for about 10 minutes, huddled away from the bustle of folks milling about the catering and watching the match.
Ever the headline-grabber, Trump leveraged Mc Enroe's comments into a potential event.
“Just having a stroll at night and I’m thinking about asking these guys if I can hit with them just to see their reaction,” Williams can be heard saying as she approaches the court.
The players immediately recognise the tennis star and make their way over, managing exclamations of “holy crap” on the way.