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Tennis star Novak Djokovic hires 'true legend' Boris Becker as his new coach

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic hires 'true legend' Boris Becker as his new coach

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Tennis world number-two Novak Djokovic has hired Boris Becker as his new head coach.

The Serb will begin working with Becker in the run up to next month’s Australian Open.

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris,” said Djokovic on his website.

“He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the grand slams and other tournaments.

“Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way.”

Six-time grand slam winner Becker takes over from Djokovic’s long-time coach Marian Vajda. But she will remain as part of the 26-year-old’s backroom staff.

Djokovic lost the number one ranking to Spain’s Rafa Nadal in October despite having another strong year.

He finished the season by winning the ATP World Tour Finals in London.