“The first half of the year was unbelievably successful,” Becker told the Daily Mail. “You could understand any sportsman, after consistently winning everything, he gets tired of it for whatever reason.
“That was the case with Novak after the French Open,” Becker said. “He has the right to pursue other interests, spend more time with his family.
“People forget the only way you can achieve such success is by being single-minded and selfish, and after a few years. that becomes a lonely place.”
But Becker said he sees Djokovic as ready to commit to the game once again. “I’m not saying he is going to win everything again, but he is going to be a lot more focused on tennis … than he was in the second half of this year: I’m convinced.”
The former No. 1, on Djokovic’s team for three years, would not say whether they are going to keep working together. Djokovic also has an established coaching relationship with Marian Vajda, and has recently had academy owner Pepe Imaz in his box.
Becker, who had not previously coached anyone on tour when he began working with Djokovic, insisted they had not made any decisions. “I couldn’t tell you yes and I couldn’t tell you no,” he said.
Djokovic finished the season at No. 2, having been ranked No. 1 for 122 straight weeks until the week before the ATP Finals.