IN what appears at first sight to be an amicable split, 29-year-old Novak Djokovic has announced that after three years he will cease to use former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker as his coach.
There is no question that for most of the time that the Becker/Djokovic partnership was in place, the Serbian was virtually unbeatable and he changed from a player who regularly crashed out in Grand Slam finals to a major winning machine and took six Grand Slam titles in two years whilst with Becker.
Since holding all four major tournament titles after winning the French Open this year, his form took a marked drop, due in part to injury, but after 122 weeks as the ATP leading player, he was knocked off of his pedestal by Andy Murray in November.
In his announcement of the split, Djokovic said “The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled,” and “I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment.”
Becker however was a little more reserved and suggested that the Serbian had some personal issues which when combined with injury meant that he had not practiCed as much as he knew he should over the past six months which coincided with his drop in form.
There is no immediate announcement of a replacement for the German as coach and it may well be that Djokovic simply thought that it was time for a change in order for him to return to winning ways.