Six-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic said he was happy to take a risk on his untried new coach Boris Becker on Sunday as he prepared to enter a new era under the flamboyant German.
The defending Australian Open champion admitted adding Becker to his team, after his coach Marian Vajda requested more time with his family, was a potential gamble.
But he is excited about his new partnership with the six-time major-winner, who has hung up his commentator’s microphone to return to the tour.
“Whenever you make a change in life, it’s a potential risk, right? How is it going to affect you?” said Djokovic ahead of his title defence.
“But I don’t want to think from that perspective. I’m really excited about this cooperation. I’m excited about this partnership that I have with Boris that also has been approved and supported by Marian, who is still in the team.
“They have a great communication. All I see is positive results, and hope for that obviously. I cannot predict or promise anything now.”
Djokovic denied that Andy Murray’s successful partnership with Ivan Lendl had prompted him to hire Becker, a trend followed by Roger Federer (Stefan Edberg) and Kei Nishikori (Michael Chang) amongst others.
“I’ve been asked that question before. But, no, it didn’t affected my decision,” Djokovic said.
He added that he hoped to gain mainly a mental edge from working with Becker, who will split coaching duties with Vajda this season.