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• Peter Bodo weighs in on the 187-pound gorilla in the room: Boris Becker.
The more recent emergence of the “celebrity coach” – the group that includes, or included, [Ivan] Lendl (with Andy Murray), Stefan Edberg (with Roger Federer), and Boris Becker (with [Novak] Djokovic) – further complicates things, as Djokovic’s situation attests. Becker, one of the great stars of the 1980s and 90s, is the 800-pound gorilla in the room whenever the chatter in a Djokovic press conference turns to coaching.
The 187-pound German in the conversation missed the entire March Masters swing in the U.S. because of surgery to replace both hips, during which [Marian] Vajda again helped Djokovic turn his game around. But Becker casts a long shadow, as you might expect from a player with such an outsized personality. Officially, Becker is “co-coach,” as Djokovic continues to insist, but wise heads wonder what he really brings to the table – other than a massive jolt of publicity, not all of it good, that the Serb probably doesn’t need.