Tennis News: Boris Becker won’t coach Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, loyal to Novak Djokovic

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Becker with Djokovic in 2015
Coach Boris Becker talks to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 9, 2015. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Boris Becker, the German coach of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic stated in a recent interview that he wouldn’t leave the camp of the Serbian even if other top players in the tour try to convince him to jump ship.

In a long interview with German website welt.de, Becker described himself a fair person and one that is loyal to Djokovic stating that he wouldn’t change team even if the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Andy Murray try to tap him as coach.

With the success of Djokovic, who has put an end to the dominance of the Federer and Nadal in recent years, Becker’s contribution as a coach has been recognised.

As a player, Becker has racked up a win-loss record of 713-214 with six Grand Slam titles across his name. The German has won the Australian Open twice (1991 and 1996), Wimbledon Championships thrice (1985, 1986 and 1989) and the US Open once (1989).

Becker was hired by Djokovic as coach in late 2013 and the latter has since added 18 ATP championships in his career including four Grand Slam titles. Overall, Djokovic has 10 majors win, five at the Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), three at the Wimbledon Championships (2011, 2014 and 2015) and two at the US Open (2011 and 2015).

Curiously, both Becker and Djokovic have come up short at the French Open. Becker made the semifinals of the clay court championship in 1987, 1989 and 1991 and Djokovic made the finals of the same tournament in 2012, 2014 and 2015 but both have come up short of a title.

Becker stated in the same interview that Djokovic’s ability to be open to suggestions and admitting his weaknesses was key in a successful player-coach relationship and that it has allowed him to help the Serbian in their time together.

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