Novak Djokovic hires Boris Becker as his coach

December 18, 2013

Former world No. 1 Boris Becker speaks to Novak Djokovic , winner of the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards. Becker will be the second-ranked Djokovic’s head coach in 2014. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Laureus)

Novak Djokovic has hired former world No. 1 Boris Becker to be his coach in the coming year.

Becker, who won six Grand Slam titles between 1989 and 1996, will begin working with the second-ranked Serb as he prepares for the Australian Open that begins Jan. 13.

“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.”

The 46-year-old German will join a coaching staff that includes Miljan Amanovic, Gebhard Phil-Gritsch and Djokovic’s long-time coach Marian Vajda, who Djokovic has been working with since 2006.

“I am proud Novak invited me to become his head coach,” Becker said. “I will do my best to help him reach his goals, and I am sure we can achieve great things together.”

In 2013, Djokovic, 26, won the Australian Open and reached the finals of Wimbledon, losing to Britain’s Andy Murray, and the U.S. Open, falling to current world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain. Like his new head coach, Djokovic owns six Grand Slam titles, tied for the 10th most all time.

“My goal for 2014 is to play my best tennis and to get in shape for the Grand Slams and Masters 1000,” Djokovic said. “The team is now strengthened and we hope for maximum results.”

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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