There was no truth in his statement because there is no way to rank her against male players unless there was some sort of playoff between male and female players. I acknowledged that the interviewer pushed the question too far and he may have felt compelled to answer in some fashion, but, in my opinion, his reply diminished what she has accomplished, as a tennis player, not just as a female tennis player. To randomly say she would probably rank 700th against men cannot be substantiated. He could have answered the question by very simply stating the truth, which is that he cannot accurately rank her ability against male players, and what is important is how much she has accomplished in her own field. Honestly, he should have reproached the interviewer, tactfully, for even asking that question. She dug a hole and he jumped in.

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