The YouGov survey asked 1,732 British people: ‘Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams?’

Its results found that twelve per cent of men believed they could, compared to just three per cent of women.

In 2018, just 840,000 British people played tennis regularly, which is 1.3 per cent of the population.

Reacting on Twitter, one unimpressed fan wrote: ‘Oh my, we do deceive ourselves, don’t we?’