World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has hired German legend Boris Becker as his head coach for the 2014 season. Becker will join a coaching staff that also includes Marian Vajda, Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.
“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,” Djokovic said in a statement. “Becker 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.”Article Continues Below Ad
Becker is a six-time Grand Slam champion, an Olypmic Gold Medalist in doubles and the youngest player ever to win a male singles title at Wimbledon, where he won the title at age 17.
“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.
Marian Vajda, who has coached Djokovic since 2006, admit that the Serbian star had reached a certain stage where he needed new blood to continue improving and that it was time to bring in someone like Becker, who will undoubtedly have an impact on Novak’s game.
“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,” Vajda said. “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.”