President Serena Williams? What If Tennis Stars Ruled The World?

"Serena for President,” says John McEnroe.

Okay, he’s joking. His real point was that he thought a woman might have become president of the United States before a black man. 

“So maybe we need a black woman,” he adds. “Maybe we get Serena to run."

An interesting possibility. She certainly wouldn’t take any nonsense from the North Koreans. Any missiles sent over her side of the net would result in a rather ballistic return volley.

And given how she berates errant line judges, it’s unlikely she’d have as much friction passing laws through congress as Obama has encountered.

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In fact many top tennis players would make for intriguing world leaders.

Novak Djokovic as Serbian president? Let’s hope he’d be marginally more popular than Slobodan Milosevic.

For tax reasons, though, Djokovic lives in Monaco. Perhaps he’d be better off taking over from Prince Albert II as ruler of that tiny little principality.

What about Maria Sharapova as president of Russia? That would add a bit of glamour to the Kremlin. And presumably a woman would be less keen to annexe her neighbours.

Now for Roger Federer. Switzerland of course doesn't have an outright head of state, rather a federal council. So Federer (whose name, interestingly, means ‘to federate’) would have to join forces with other Swiss tennis players in order to govern. He certainly has the diplomacy skills.

He could bring in Stan Wawrinka, and then various randoms such as Henri Laaksonen, Mario Chiudinelli and Yann Marti. (Don’t worry, many Swiss people struggle to identify their government members as it is.)

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Next up is Caroline Wozniacki. Her current head of state is the chain-smoking Queen Margrethe II. The blonde player is suitably regal to become a monarch, don't you think? She’d certainly look good waving from her royal balcony.

As a Mallorqui, on the peripherary of the Kingdom of Spain, perhaps Rafa Nadal might hold together his rapidly fragmenting nation.

Andy Murray as prime minister of the UK? That would be a tricky one since he supports Scottish independence. And with no absolute majority in current British politics, any leader needs to be very diplomatic to achieve a consensus. Diplomacy has not traditionally been Murray’s strong point.

If any tennis player could achieve a consensus, it would be a strong doubles team. In fact the Bryan brothers could prove to be excellent co-rulers of the United States.

Right-handed Mike could take care of the economy, law-making and defense while left-handed Bob could cover education, foreign policy and the judicial system. 

While we’re supplanting world leaders, we might as well get rid of some of the nastier dictators.

Let’s replace the likes of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang, Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un with something more benevolent.

Hang on, though. How strange. It turns out those countries don't have any professional tennis players. Unfortunately they’re stuck with their dictators.


Provided they don't run for president, the world’s top players will next be competing at the French Open.

In the men’s draw, Rafa Nadal is Unibet’s favourite to win at 2.15, followed by Novak Djokovic at 2.38, Stan Warinka at 13.00 and Roger Federer at 16.00.

In the women’s draw Serena Williams is favourite at 3.75, followed by Maria Sharapova at 5.00, Simon Halep at 5.50 and Victoria Azarenka at 9.00.