McEnroe's jibe at top stars
McEnroe says Safin should win more Slams
US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe believes the inability of the top players to dominate on a regular basis is damaging the men's game.
McEnroe insists the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin and Roger Federer should be taking an iron grip on the Grand Slam tournaments.
And he is "shocked" that Thomas Johansson and Albert Costa have been able to win major championships this year.
That Thomas Johansson won a Grand Slam to me was shocking
"You can't say that there aren't personalities in the men's game," McEnroe said at the draw for the US Open.
"There's Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Roger Federer - these guys are great players, interesting guys.
"What we do need more of is the best guys doing well consistently. I think that has been a problem for the men's game this year."
McEnroe played his tennis at the end of an era when his elder brother John, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl had enjoyed fierce rivalries.
A similar situation has developed in the women's game where big hitters like Serena and Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport have begun to dominate.
World number one Hewitt has won two of the last four men's Grand Slam tournaments, but his Wimbledon triumph came against rank outsider David Nalbandian.
And McEnroe insists the respective victories of Johansson and Costa at the Australian and French Opens are bad for the sport.
"This year Thomas Johansson won the Australian Open - he is a fine player but, to me, that he won a Grand Slam was shocking.
"And Albert Costa, who is a fine guy and a very good player on clay, he wins a Slam too.
"It's like this guy who won the USPGA (golf championship) the other day. It's very similar - what is his name?
"It's the same about tennis... 'who is this guy Costa who won the French'?
"What I hope is that the best - who I think are players like Federer, Safin and Hewitt - consistently do well in the big tournaments.
"If that happens, I think it will get a little bit better."
McEnroe's comments could cause a stir in his home country as he fails to name any American players on his wish list of future winners, despite his role as Davis Cup captain.