Novak Djokovic Says Boris Becker Isn’t Giving Him Any On-Court Coaching!
by Tom Gainey | June 30th, 2015, 8:35 am
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is being questioned for receiving coaching from Boris Becker during matches, which is against the rules.

The Serb was asked about his on-court relationship with Boris who recently said on the radio that sometimes he has a way of telling Novak if he’s doing good or bad. Djokovic denied any cheating was going on.

“I don’t think that we’re cheating,” Djokovic said Sunday. “I don’t think that’s how you can call it. I mean, there are special ways of, I would say, communication. As he mentioned, the way you look at each other, the way you feel your box, and box feels what you’re going through on the court. I think that’s something that just gives you that reassurance, gives you that confidence.

It’s not necessary that he tells me where to serve or to which side of the opponent’s court I have to play, because that doesn’t happen. But it’s more of a, you know, encouragement, and more of a support and reassurance, as I said, that’s basically present in those moments.”

Djokovic got into deeper water talking about the signals Boris gives him.

“We can’t pretend like that’s not happening in tennis,” he said. “Of course, there’s situations when it happens, and not just with the top players, with everybody. This is a very competitive sport. You’re alone on the court. Of course, there’s certain rules.

“But also there are times when, you know, the team of the player communicates with the player when he gets to go and take the towel in the corner, which is closer to the box, or, you know, different ways.

“I think it’s all fine as long as it’s not regular. I think it just depends. Also that’s up to the chair umpire or supervisor to decide if somebody’s breaking the rules or not. I think as long as it’s something that you can tolerate, let’s say, within the ways of communication, I think it’s fine.

After his win yesterday over Philipp Kohlschreiber, Djokovic was asked again about the allegations.

“I’m going to repeat myself: I’m going to say that there are certain ways of communication which is encouragement, which is support, which is understanding the moment when to, you know, clap or say something that, you know, can lift my energy up, that can kind of motivate me to play a certain point. But it’s all within the rules.

“If I am breaking any rules or my team does, I would be fined for that, right? The chair umpire would say, Coaching penalty, and that’s it. Or the supervisor, or whoever,” Djokovic said.

“I think it has happened in my life, no doubt about that. Of course, I accept the fact if my coach, Boris or Marian, do say something that is against the rules that are in place, I have no complaint about the code violation that I get for coaching.”

Djokovic returns tomorrow against Jarkko Nieminen.


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48 Comments for Novak Djokovic Says Boris Becker Isn’t Giving Him Any On-Court Coaching!

calmdownplease Says:

Fire Becker Novak!
It’s unforgivable stupidity..


jane Says:

cdp, sigh, but then there are those little things, like an improved serve and better net play, all credit to boom boom. hopefully his talking to the press will settle down! : / (and if there was on-court coaching they’ll be watched extra closely now anyhow.)


Skeezer Says:

Want to fix this? Put a mike and a camera on the players box. Otherwise they will find ways to give signs, etc. Ever heard if a 3rd base coach in Baseball?


jane Says:

that’s one thing they could do, but it’s sort of more dog-and-pony show at MMT mentioned. if there were a mike, though, then we’d *really* know what mirka yelled at stan. hee hee. ;)


jane Says:

*that not at…


jane Says:

Carole Bouchard ‏@carole_bouchard 29s29 seconds ago
Federer asked if he already noticed coaching from Becker to Djokovic : had a big sigh and said no. Asked to talk abt coaching : said no.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

just this attention won’t change things. Its quite ingrained, Toni has been talking to Rafa for years, everybody sees it, nobody challenges it.
As it is, umps will continue to ignore it until they are given concrete guidance and the assured backing of the ATP to enforce the rules.


Giles Says:

A wee bit naive on the part of Carole Bouchard asking Fed dumbass questions. What did it achieve? Zero! As if fed wants to get embroiled in this saga! Silly woman.


jane Says:

she didn’t ask the question giles. apparently a british journalist did.


Giles Says:

jane. Ok.


Jock-KatH Says:

Comments on Tennis.com indicate that coaching signals were given during US Open Slams and also during the 2008 Wimbledon – evidently the player had been warned before…and it wasn’t Nole….

I have no interest in searching whether this is true – but I mention it because the last few days must have been bewildering for Nole supporters.
Full Stop for me.


Tennis Guy Says:

It’s so telling that the British press is pushing this right now. I guess they dont have a lot of confidence in their man-boy Andy…
Talking about Andy – is changing diapers on-court by ones mom (or Kim) considered “coaching” or is it a “regulation maintenance”?


Wog Boy Says:

“Put a mike and a camera on the players box.”

Well they tried that at AO, and guess who was most unhappy with idea…Roger’s box, Mirka and Edberg. They found solution, as soon as they took their seats Edberg would put peace of clothes over the camera.


elina Says:

Nailed it Wog Boy.


skeezer Says:

“…..as they took their seats Edberg would put peace of clothes over the camera.”
Can you provide the link to this “story?


skeezer Says:

Besides wog boy, at this point its not a “rule” to not cover a camera that is in your face atm. I found a video ((2014) that showed what you described.
Look, it was only a suggestion, not a war starter. If it did become a rule then they couldn’t cover it, could they? Solutions are welcomed if anyone has a better idea.


Wog Boy Says:

I knew that The Keeper of the St Roger legacy, who is on duty 24/7 here on TX will come up with that question, typical selective memory from Roger fans, here is the link with nice music and most beautiful language on planet Earth, enjoy it but don’t forget to feed the cats;)

http://youtu.be/zp7ZZQF1Xck


Wog Boy Says:

When you found the video, why did you wait for me to post it, you could do it, of course, now it is OK to cover camera since the untouchable has done it…but to be honest I didn’t like it either and Mirka obviously felt very uncomfortable, you can see it.


Tennisfan Says:

^ he did it at the Australian Open when he first started coaching Roger: http://youtu.be/zp7ZZQF1Xck
Those cameras were tacky imo though, they would just keep zooming in on the players box and showing their reactions in the replays like some kind of paparazzi. I could definitely see why Edberg would not appreciate that. I’m not sure they had any mics in the box as well though- that sounds like an invasion of privacy, so I don’t think they could’ve got away with it.


skeezer Says:

IF it was a rule to help enforce on court coaching, they would have to feel comfortable with it or Mirka sit somewhere else. Period. The camera would also have the mic.

BTW what is your idea about this? Or are you just about going around time to time ranting about calling Fed a Saint.


Wog Boy Says:

“…that sounds like an invasion of privacy…”

I agree with all you said but the above part, they are in RL arena, in the public eye of millions of people, they are not in the toilet or their house or whatever, besides, any camera in RL Arena can zoom them all the time, no such a thing as privacy in the public place, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to televise it.


Wog Boy Says:

“BTW what is your idea about this? Or are you just about going around time to time ranting about calling Fed a Saint.”

Are you going to ask Sean to ban me from posting since I don’t contribute enough to tennis talk, since that is what you do when, according to your standards, posters don’t contribute enough to tennis talk on TX…like a little school dobber.

BTW, why would I have to have any idea about this, they mada mountain out of molehill, but as long as you have an idea how to solve biggest world (tennis) problem I am happy and I will be glued for TX waiting for the new ideas.


skeezer Says:

^ Exactly what I thought, just more of the same empty words on the subject. Thanks for the contribution to the subject. Whatever.


elina Says:

I guess that would make him the Rogerator here.

Seriously though, all player/coaches have some communications during the match.

It is coming out now because Boris is simply trying to hype his book sales.


Skeezer Says:

Communication and coaching are 2 totally different animals. Read a rule book.


Skeezer Says:

^On court


elina Says:

“Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching. ”

You were saying?

Read your own rule book.


Skeezer Says:

The trap opened, and the topic answered. Thanks elina, well done!
“Construed” leaves open for interpretation imo. As an example; cheering your player on? Is that a form a communication that is not allowed? Doubt it. Then there is “hit to the backhand”. Clear violation.


elina Says:

So anytime you are proven wrong, it was a trap.

Revisionism at its finest!

The chair umpire’s interpretation is what matters, not yours.


elina Says:

BTW, any time you need some tips on the finer points of the game beyond His Highness, just let me know.


skeezer Says:

^btw,
You didn’t “prove” anything, you just thought so in your own mind, your Higherness. You just proved my point on the topic, that there is a rule for on court coaching ( pay attention Boris/Unc Toni ). Some think isn’t an issue, and ignore it, but regardless its a rule and this issue has been reported all over the media time and time again.
You must be from the same crowd that thinks breaking the “time” rule is “ok”. Got it.


elina Says:

I’m happy for you that you now understand this rule is not what you thought!

That’s the great thing about tennis! There is always more to learn just when you thought you knew it all!


skeezer Says:

It has always been what I thought, but I am happy for you that you think otherwise in your own mind. Keep reading the rule book and applying it.
Vamos!


skeezer Says:

“I think it has happened in my life, no doubt about that. Of course, I accept the fact if my coach, Boris or Marian, do say something that is against the rules that are in place, I have no complaint about the code violation that I get for coaching.”

“http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Tennis—Toni-Nadal-admits-he-breaks-anti-coaching-rules-during-matches-articolo11438.html”

And there ya go. Seemed like they have already checked the rule book and know what rules they are breaking.


elina Says:

And since you incorrectly brought it up, as I’ve said here before, I think that there should be a shot clock on the court and it starts counting down from 20 seconds (25 seconds in ATP events) as soon as the point ends which is as soon as the ball is dead.

That would force the rule to be called consistently for all players.

So that is the second thing you’ve learnt tonight.

Anything else that I can help you with?


Okiegal Says:

I do think it’s weird in the sport of tennis you hire a coach and pay him mega bucks to coach and its against the rules to coach during a match…..when you would need coaching the most. Even if it was legal to have on court coaching for the guys, I doubt there would be any guys who would do it…..


Okiegal Says:

I have a question for the knowledgeable tennis fans. I know there is a 20/25 sec rule on first serve, if he miss hits the first one is it still another 20/25
seconds on the 2nd serve? If so, that would be a full 40/50 seconds to get through serving procedure. I realize generally nobody uses the full time on second serve…..unless it would be my guy, but curious if they still have the full count on 2nd attempt? I’ve noticed the 2nd attempt is usually more hurried.


skeezer Says:

“as I’ve said here before, I think that there should be a shot clock on the court”
Then you shouldn’t have a problem with those who break the on court coaching rule. Great!
Anything else we all can help YOU with?


Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my July 1 picks up at http://tennisabides.com – This forum always has some lively debates. Knowing where the cheering line stops and the coaching line starts in a player’s box is a tricky thing.


elina Says:

Nor should you now that you understand the rule.

Wog Boy sure got it right on the Rogerator.

Third time lucky?


Skeezer Says:

Oh now your seekin help from someone else for support? Lol. Seems appropriate. ;)


elina Says:

Why would I need any support when you’re already my number one fan?. Nobody responds to my posts as often. Don’t get all jealous on me now.


elina Says:

I’d better take Woggy’s advice though and quit while I’m ahead.

I really like this site and wouldn’t want to be reported on as being naughty. Giggles.


Wog Boy Says:

Latest news from Wimbledon:
On the request from “The Keeper”, they’re gonna charge the bird that was on court for sending on court messages to Nole!
It is in the rule book, players are not allowed to communicate to birds…not in Serbian.


skeezer Says:

Now its degraded into a tag team play with name calling. Jealous much? Have fun with that. Come back when schools out.


Wog Boy Says:

Now he is crying foul, but he didn’t mind when Roger fan was calling other posters “pigs” he even cheered his post by saying “you nailed it”…o yes, Angelina is Roger fan so it is acceptable to do name calling. I feel sorry for little schoolboy dobber.


sienna Says:

Rats will be rats.


Margot Says:

You two! Bromance? Get a room!

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