from Espn Deportes
Translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Everything returns. More than two decades after being the stars of the tour, they get back to the stage. Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang and Sergi Bruguera are in the tennis world again, but this time for their off court actions. The four joined Petr Korda, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl, among others, who had been the spearhead of a golden generation. The new coaches in action.
The last occurrence of this selected group was the most unexpected and sensational. Boris Becker joined Novak Djokovic's team. The Serb will have the former world number one as head of a group that will keep his current coach, Marian Vajda. Australia, Dubai, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open, Shanghai, Paris and London: the German's presence was confirmed in 12 tournaments.
"I'm really delighted to have the opportunity to work with Boris. He's a legend, someone who knows a lot about tennis and his experience will help me win new Grand Slam trophies. He's also a great person and I'm sure that he will strenghten our workgroup," said Djokovic, who also added that Becker "will bring fresh air" to his team.
It will be the debut in this role for the German, who a few years ago after his retirement in 2000, was linked to the sport through a racquet brand and as a television commentator. Undoubtedly, the net game will be the point to work on. A real mystery.
Interestingly, these days the union Djokovic-Becker was not the only one between former number ones. Roger Federer, currently number 6 of the ATP, asked for the collaboration of Stefan Edberg, who never coached a professional player. "We have completed a week of work together. It was great to spend this time with one of my childhood heroes," stressed on his personal Twitter account the Swiss who last October has split up with Paul Annacone and continues to work with Severin Luthi, captain of the Davis Cup in his country.
Federer noteworthy this year prioritized the exhibitions for the first part of the season. He preferred to take a proper rest, following a busy ending of 2013 with the ATP Finals, and faced his preseason in Dubai, overlooking the Australian Open. These days, in addition to feeling full of confidence, the Swiss is seeking to focus on his offensive game. That's why he chose Edberg. At 32 he reinvents himself, continues to accumulate knowledge and going for more.
Meanwhile, a few days ago Frenchman Richard Gasquet also addressed to this wave of coaches who were elite players over 20 years ago. After working with his compatriot Sebastien Grosjean, who peaked in 2002 (No. 4), placed himself under the command of Spanish Sergi Bruguera, former 3rd in 1994 and two-time Roland Garros champion, who left his Academy for this first experience. In turn, a little behind in the rankings, the Japanese Kei Nishikori also hired a former top 5: Michael Chang, who coached Chinese Shuai Peng in the past.
The trend is not new, although it's getting popular these days with the arrival of several new names. The experiment had been introduced by Radek Stepanek with Petr Korda (former world number 2) over a decade ago, and went on with Marin Cilic who was in contact with Goran Ivanisevic (former 2nd) in early 2010. Then it took off with Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl (former world number 1) to pure success.
However, not all the names conjunctions ensure good results. This was reflected earlier this season with Jimmy Connors and Maria Sharapova, who only hit for a month and used just a match as a test before splitting up, in Cincinnati. "He came at the wrong time and in the wrong place," the Russian was sincere in an interview with the New York Times. "No coach could have had success with my mood," said the former world number one.
"I was going to practice and I knew I could not be in the draw. I was aware that there was no chance of reaching the US Open. As a player that's hard to digest. It was not fun to be with me and it was a difficult position for him," said Sharapova, highlighting that she was in the uncomfortable situation of having to cut the relationship and that, even though things did not go as she thought, she feels a "deep respect" for Connors. "If you believe in what you're doing, time passes quickly in the world of tennis," she added.
Meanwhile, after Grosjean started the wave of the former top 5 players become coaches in the new millennium, several others got back on track. Magnus Norman did well immediately with Stanislas Wawrinka, Juan Carlos Ferrero collaborated with his friend Nicholas Almagro during the South American tour of 2013, Gaston Gaudio begins to make his stamp on Facundo Arguello and Carlos Moya wants to show his weapons as captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team.
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