The former world No. 1 John McEnroe praised Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The American said: "These guys are incredible. They got great teams. People understand how to recover quicker. But that was a great time in tennis.
There was a lot of personality. You need that in a one-on-one sport. So that's why people gravitate toward this Medvedev guy. He embraced being the bad guy which is something I sort of wish Djokovic would do a little bit more of, we need the villain.
I know nothing about being a villain (laughter). The fans got behind him at the end." On the lack of American top players, McEnroe added: "I think that our best athletes in tennis have the tendency to play American football and basketball obviously.
We need to do a better job giving more kids the opportunity to play. It's too expensive. I have a tennis academy at Randall's Island. I try to raise money with the charity. Get many kids as possible. It's got to be a cool factor, too.
I think we had that a bit in the 70s and 80s when I was playing, not just because I was playing." McEnroe would like to see more trash talking in tennis: "If all it takes to get into the head of an opponent is you telling a judge that he sucks, okay.
What are the odds of the umpire giving me the next call? If you tell this guy he is a bum, the next - he is going to go, I'll show that McEnroe. So to me that was sour grapes if that's all it took. In football or basketball are they going to say, Hello, how do you feel? There is a lot of trash-talking. We used to do more of that. I'd like to see a little bit more in the tennis."