Djokovic appoints Boris Becker as `new` head coach

Johannesburg, Dec 19: Novak Djokovic has hired German tennis legend Boris Becker as his head coach ahead of the Australian open in January, the Serbian player announced on his website Wednesday, according to reports.

According to Sport24, six-time Grand Slam champion, 46-year old Becker said he was proud Novak invited him to become his head coach.

Becker will join Djokovic’s coaches Marian Vajda, Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch, the report said.

Vajda, who has worked with Djokovic for almost eight years, welcomed Becker into the team, saying it was a ‘good solution’ to choose the German player, the report added.

Becker will link up with Djokovic and his team for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on January 13, the report further said.

Djokovic said that Boris would bring a new and fresh approach, and together with Vajda, he would make a winning combination.

He also said that his goal for 2014 was to play his best tennis and to get in shape for the Grand Slams and Masters. (ANI)