Djokovic Becker relationship over!
Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker have decided not to renew their coaching relationship for the 2017 season. Under Becker, Novak Djokovic won 6 Grand Slam titles in three years and the two have seemingly worked well until the last 6 months of 2016. The pairing has shown signs of stress following the Serbs poor performances in Wimbledon as he was beaten in the third round by Sam Querrey and his first round loss to Juan Martin Del Potro in the Olympics.
Djokovic made the announcement on his facebook
“The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank [Becker] for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment. “On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play, and also to make a good schedule and new goals for the next season. In this regard I will make all future decisions.”
In the last 6 months of 2016 Djokovic lost his number one title which he has held for 122 weeks consecutively and seemed off the boil. In his first round robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals Djokovic smashed a ball towards his coaching box after losing the first set of his tie against Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic had previously stated that he did not know if he and Becker would be working together in the 2017 season. This was partly due to results and partly due to the new Peace and Love Guru Pepe Imaz who Djokovic has recruited recently. Becker seemed uncomfortable to be put down the pecking order by the Spaniard. Becker seems to have taken this decision for us and seems to have told Djokovic its either him or Imaz.
So in the 2017 season Djokovic will remain coachless and will likely have Imaz travel with him. The Serb’s longterm coach Marian Vajda decided a few years back to only travel to a few select tournaments a year. It remains to be seen if he is willing to work with Djokovic on a full time basis again.
Djokovic can look to his great rival Roger Federer who at several stages in his career has been coachless. This seemed to do the Swiss no harm whatsoever. In the absence of a big name head coach Severin Luthi, Swiss Davis Cup captain has always been with Roger quietly working away. Perhaps Vajda can be convinced to come back into the camp full time with Imaz acting as guru. This news comes as no massive surprise to tennis fans. Djokovic has made the change to his team and clearly Becker felt he could no longer work in such a team.