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Djokovic and Becker part company

Djokovic and Becker part company
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The news that Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker were parting company came as a complete surprise when it was revealed some weeks ago. Their partnership had seen the Serb dominate the menŠ—Ès game for the past two years despite his slump in the last six months which saw him finally relinquish the world number one spot to Andy Murray after a 122-week reign.
During the first six months of the year he collected six titles including the Australian and French Open titles but following his success in the French capital, his form deteriorated leaving huge question marks over his current state of mind.
Personal and Family problems were blamed for the loss of focus with Becker admitting that the last six months had been Š—…challengingŠ—È as far as coaching was concerned!

The big question now is whether the Serb will go for another Š—…Super CoachŠ—È to fill the void left by Becker


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The addition of a Š—…guruŠ—È, Pepe Imaz (who preaches peace and love) to the Š—…coachingŠ—È team may also have been a contributory factor to the partnership breaking up.
Since ImazŠ—Ès inclusion, Djokoviv won just one title and made two finals.
The big question now is whether the Serb will go for another Š—…Super CoachŠ—È to fill the void left by Becker and whether that would get him back to the levels of performance which saw him win four consecutive grand slam titles!



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His long-term coach Marian Vajda is expected to remain in situ but perhaps restricting his travels to a limited number of events. Imaz is also expected to remain on the team.
Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi are possible candidates but the one name which looks more likely to be joining the Djokovic coaching staff is his compatriot Nenad Zimonjic.
The 40 year-old is still an active doubles player, is very experienced, a serial winner in his discipline and well respected by Djokovic.
However, by all accounts, there will be no appointment until possibly early next year with Djokovic himself declaring that he would not be looking to work with anyone else for the present.


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The 40 year-old is still an active doubles player, is very experienced, a serial winner in his discipline and well respected by Djokovic.
However, by all accounts, there will be no appointment until possibly early next year with Djokovic himself declaring that he would not be looking to work with anyone else for the present.




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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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