Boris Becker is “surprised”: Djokovic sends a warning in times of weakness

Boris Becker is “surprised”
Djokovic sends warning in times of weakness

Novak Djokovic once again wins the Laureus Awards – but his results this year are a mystery. Boris Becker is also thinking about it. But the Serbian tennis star wouldn’t be the Grand Slam record champion if he didn’t have a special message.

Novak Djokovic exchanged warm words with Tom Brady, beamed alongside his wife Jelena and proudly posed with his new sports Oscar. The Serbian tennis top star clearly felt comfortable in the illustrious company of the Laureus Awards – and simply smiled away the question marks behind his current form.

“I feel incredibly honored to have won my fifth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award,” said Djokovic: “I think back to 2012 when I won it for the first time as a 24-year-old.” He is truly “blessed.”

Then, at the end of his emotional acceptance speech in Madrid, the world number one added a sentence that Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Boris Becker must have noticed in the audience. “More will follow,” said Djokovic, who has so far been unable to build on his outstanding year in 2023.

Djokovic wants to show doubters again

No tournament victory yet, instead repeated surprising bankruptcies and many breaks – the exceptional talent is weakening before an extremely exciting summer with the French Open, Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open. And the question is making the rounds as to whether he can repeat the top class of previous years. His ex-coach Becker is watching developments closely.

“I was surprised by his decision for Madrid,” the 56-year-old told the Telegraph after his former protégé’s rejection of the upcoming Masters in the Spanish capital: “I think in this phase he needs games. He needs competition .” But Djokovic has his own schedule – and you should never write him off.

The sometimes headstrong athlete always knows exactly what he is doing. This applies to the separation from his long-time successful coach Goran Ivanisevic and certainly also to his season planning. The full focus is on the Olympics in Paris – because Djokovic is still missing gold for Serbia. “This year was a little different for me at the beginning, so I’m still in the process of finding my best tennis,” said the Belgrade native on the sidelines of the Laureus Awards. The award should spur him on to show all the doubters once again.

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