PLAYER NEWS 2013
Becker To Become Head Coach Of Djokovic
by Press Release|
Boris Becker has joined the coaching team of Novak Djokovic for the next season, becoming his Head Coach.
Becker joins Marian Vajda, Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch on the coaching team, and will travel with the World No. 2 to the Australian Open, Dubai, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the US Open, Shanghai, Paris and London.
Djokovic will begin working with Becker as he prepares for the Australian Open, which starts 13 January. Vajda will continue working in Novak's team, and the Slovak will accompany him to Indian Wells, Madrid, Toronto and Beijing.
Djokovic said, "I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris. He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the Grand Slams and other tournaments.
“Boris is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way. Boris brings a new fresh approach, and together with Vajda he will make a winning combination.
“My goal for 2014 is to play my best tennis and to get in shape for the Grand Slams and [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000s. These tournaments have the most weight in our sport, and I want to prove my worth there. The team is now strengthened and we hope for maximum results.”
Now 46, Boris Becker is rated as one of the world's greatest players, having won 64 tour-level titles in his career. He is a former World No. 1, who captured six Grand Slam singles titles and became the youngest Wimbledon champion ever, at 17 years of age. The German also led his country to victories in Davis Cup in 1988 and 1989. Among his success, there is an Olympic gold medal in doubles and many other trophies.
"I am proud Novak invited me to become his Head Coach. I will do my best to help him reach his goals, and I am sure we can achieve great things together," Becker said.
Vajda has been together with Novak since 2006, and as he says, they both decided to invite Becker to join the team.
"In a few weeks Novak and I will start the eighth year of our cooperation. During that period we have achieved almost all the goals we had,” said Vajda. “I realised that Novak needed a new head coach in order for him to continue improving certain parts of his game. At the same time I will have more time for my family.
“Becker's assignment will not affect much my position in the team, since I will do all I can for Novak, just like I did before. On the other hand, choosing Boris as the head coach is a good solution, I am sure we will get along very well, and that Novak will continue to progress.”