Boris Becker is calling for Novak Djokovic to recommit to training, following a recent announcement that the two will stop working together.
Becker joined Djokovic's team three years ago, with the Serb winning six Slams during their partnership and returning to No. 1 in the world. But Djokovic has now dropped to No. 2, winning just one title since the French Open, and in the final months of their partnership, Becker attended fewer of his player’s tournaments. Djokovic, who is also coached by Marian Vajda, would have multiple coaches in his box.
Though he described the split as “mutual,”—just as Djokovic did—Becker termed the second half of the season "challenging on many levels," and suggested that Djokovic had not been practicing as much as he previously did.
"Our hands were tied a little bit because we couldn't do the work we wanted to do," he told Sky Sports. "He didn't spend as much time on the practice court in the last six months as he should have, and he knows that ... Success like this doesn't happen by pushing a button. Success like this doesn't just happen by showing up at a tournament. You have to work your bottom off because the opposition does the same."