John McEnroe has compared Novak Djokovic to Tiger Woods
The tennis legend spoke about the Serbian player’s period of poor form, likening it to the troubled golfer, 41, who has gone through a high-profile divorce, an arrest and problems with prescription medication.
The 58-year-old suggested Djokovic, 30, who kicked off his Wimbledon campaign yesterday, was distracted by “some off-court issues with the family”.
McEnroe told the BBC: “That's going to throw you… If you're distracted you're not the same player.”
The American continued: “The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is not a tennis player, it's actually a golfer: Tiger Woods.
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If you're distracted you're not the same player
"When he 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.”
McEnroe, who recently sparked controversy with remarks about Serena Williams, claimed people were starting to ask if the same was possible with Djokovic, who has dropped to world number four.
He added: "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."
Tiger Woods has been through a number of high profile issues
John McEnroe recently criticised Serena Williams
Djokovic saw a dip in form after completing the career Grand Slam, becoming only the third man ever to hold all four majors at the same time.
He wed wife Jelena back in 2014 and they are currently expecting their second child following the birth of their two-year-old son Stefan.
The couple first met at high school and began dating in 2005, before he popped the question eight years later.