Djokovic confirms split with Becker

By Christopher Devine 6 December 2016 136
Djokovic confirms split with Becker

World number two Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will no longer be coached by Boris Becker after the two mutually agreed to end their partnership.

Becker, himself a six-time grand slam champion, was appointed as Djokovic's head coach in December 2013, to work alongside the long-serving Marian Vajda.

Under the tutelage of the German, Djokovic enjoyed the most successful period of his career, doubling the tally of six major wins that he held prior to his link-up with Becker.

Victory in this year's French Open saw the 29-year-old complete a career Grand Slam and hold all four of his sport's premier singles titles at once, but a dip in form followed and Djokovic was deposed by Andy Murray at the top of the ATP singles rankings last month.

In a statement on his official website, Djokovic explained that he and Becker had achieved everything they had set out to when initially teaming up.

It read: "After three very successful years, Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation.

"The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment.

"On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play, and also to make a good schedule and new goals for the next season. In this regard I will make all future decisions."

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