Retired tennis player, John McEnroe, isn’t known to be particularly politically correct about, well, anything — especially when it comes to his opinions of people.
Just last month, he turned heads after saying tennis legend Serena Williams — who is ranked number four in the world — would be ranked around 700 if she played against men. He also caused a splash in his memoir when he said he felt Andy Warhol was a “mediocre” artist at the time.
And now, the former tennis pro is at it again.
During a discussion with the BBC commentary team on this year’s Wimbledon, McEnroe addressed tennis pro Novak Djokovic’s current losing streak.
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Djokovic is ranked number four in the world, so his losing streak has been very noticeable.
But rather than speculating on what might be causing Djokovic’s recent tennis struggles, McEnroe said, per the Daily Mail:
‘The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is not a tennis player, it’s actually a golfer: Tiger Woods.”
“When he (Woods) had the issues with his wife and then he seemed to go completely off the rails and has never been even close to being the same player.”
Djokovic previously held the number one spot. However, according to reports, he began losing more and more. The Guardian reported on his weakened performance:
The player who once used to rip his shirt to shreds when driven to to the limit on court, eyes bulging and fists pumping, has acquired a softer mien, reaching out to the crowd with upward arms gesture of shared love. That is admirable, but we should learn over the next 12 months or so if it presages the decline of Djokovic as a player and his simultaneous growth as an individual.
Clearly, McEnroe believes his decline in the sport is due to something going on in his head, saying:
“I think there’s a big difference, one is the age, but two the health. I think this (Djokovic’s form) isn’t a physical thing, this is more a mental thing.”
According to The Sun, Djokovic married his wife, Jelena, whom he met in high school, in 2014 — a year after they became engaged. Their first son was born months later, and she’s currently pregnant with their second child.
Her social media doesn’t indicate that they are having any marital problems:
But according to McEnroe, his game might be saying otherwise.