John McEnroe just can’t keep his mouth shut.
The controversial analyst and former tennis star made waves for his comments yet again Wednesday, comparing Novak Djokovic to Tiger Woods for having “some off-court issues with the family.” However, it is unclear what he meant.
Djokovic has certainly seen a dip in his game recently, not winning a major since the 2016 French Open and failing to even make the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year and at the Australian Open this year. But McEnroe wasn’t overly specific about Djokovic while speaking on BBC during Wimbledon.
“The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is not a tennis player, it’s actually a golfer: Tiger Woods,” McEnroe said, via ESPN. “… (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.
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“So we’re starting to say: ‘Wait a minute, is this possible with [Djokovic]?'”
Woods has had a number of off-the-field transgressions. He previously admitted to cheating on his wife multiple times. This past May he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. And earlier this week Woods announced he completed an “out of state private intensive program” to address his issues.
Djokovic is married to his wife Jelena who is pregnant with the couple’s second child. Djokovic brushed off McEnroe’s comments.
“Look, you know, John has a complete right to say — anybody, really, in the world — has a right to say what they want, and I respect that right,” Djokovic said. “Especially coming from John, because he’s someone that has earned that right because of who he is and what he has meant to the sport and what he still is representing as a former player and still being very active on the tour.
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“He’s very well-known for his kind of bold comments and not really caring too much about being politically correct, but saying whatever is on his mind. That’s all I can say. I really don’t take anything personal.”
McEnroe recently made headlines for saying Serena Williams would be “like No. 700 in the world” on the men’s tour.
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