The ex girlfriend of Novak Djokovic has disputed claims by John McEnroe that the Serbian tennis star is the Tiger Woods of tennis.
McEnroe compares Novak to Tiger
Whilst covering Wimbledon for the BBC, former world number 1 John McEnroe weighed into discussions about Djokovic’s form slump over the last twelve months.
McEnroe made the explosive and somewhat odd suggestion that Djokovic has “off court issues with the family.”
McEnroe added: “The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is not a tennis player, it’s actually a golfer: Tiger Woods.”
“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. So we’re starting to say: Wait a minute, is this possible with him, Djokovic?”
Support from the ex
Novak Djokovic has had plenty of support in the wake of McEnroe’s comments. Some of it apparently from unexpected sources.
But the Djoker’s ex Lidija Popovic has come out in support of the tennis star. She says the champ’s personal life is nobody else’s business.
Popovic is a Serbian DJ who was reportedly one of Novak’s first loves.
The lady known by some as the J-Lo of Serbia has denied Novak is suffering from similar issues to Tiger Woods.
“As far as I know he is happily married.”
“It doesn’t matter what other people say. He is married, people should not talk about him.”
Novak Djokovic not Tiger Woods
Novak responded to McEnroe’s comments at a Wimbledon post-match press conference. For his part, he is playing it very cool saying that McEnroe like anybody is entitled to his opinion.
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“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. 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.
“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.”
Djokovic faces off against Adrian Mannarino in the round of sixteen this evening after their match was postponed overnight.
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor