Boris Becker has revealed that he will no longer work as a BBC commentator in order to focus his full, undivided attention to his new client Novak Djokovic. The 46-year-old has worked as a commentator alongside fellow former players John McEnroe and Pat Cash since 2002 and had become a recognizable voice on many of the top tennis broadcasts.
“I can’t analyse games on television and then the next day be a coach,” Becker told German daily Bild. “At this level, it is the small things which will decide whether you win the tournament or come second,”
Becker has been brought in to help Djokovic following his relatively disappointing 2013 season, where he lost in two of three grand slam finals, and had his no. 1 ranking usurped by returning star Rafael Nadal. Considering the impact Ivan Lendel has had on British no. 1 Andy Murray, the Serbian star believed he needed a radical change in his own camp similar to that, leading him to Becker.
The former world no. 1 wasted no time in joining Djokovic in his training camp in Marbella, Spain, and has mentioned that his main purpose is to fine-tune Djokovic’s game and to analyze tape to determine how to develop him as a tennis player.
“I can still hit a few balls with Novak, but that job will fall mainly to his hitting partner. I’ll be on the court in a tracksuit and looking at the video analysis, trying to make him a better tennis player.”