Djokovic and Becker Shocks Tennis World with Breakup

First of all, I was as shocked and disappointed by this news as any Djokovic fan. I don’t think many people expected them to end the partnership this abruptly after all the success they had.

There were all kinds of rumors but I didn’t think the two would part ways just because Djokovic slumped after the French Open which seemed very normal in many ways. It is impossible to know the exact reason they decided to end the partnership because we are not part of the inner circle.

Becker may not even know for sure but as you can see in the above video the personal problems around the time of Wimbledon according to Becker was due to the fact that Djokovic and his wife was not spending enough time together.

I think marriage problems may well be the issue here although I want to make clear that I am speculating like everyone else. I just think Djokovic has looked subdued of late like his hands are tied.

For a tennis player or anyone else for that matter to be highly successful, there are many things that have to fall into place. It is not just one thing or what goes on on the court. Your personal life and relationships are very important too.

If you don’t have the right partner in marriage it can easily ruin you. Again, I’m not saying this is the case here. Becker says Jelena is a supportive wife but of course, he is not gonna say she is the problem.

A lot of people have blamed Pepe Imaz, Djokovic’s new spiritual counselor for his problems, but he is probably just someone Djokovic was looking to for council with the difficult situation he is facing.

Tennis, being an individual sport, requires you to be selfish if you want to succeed. If you don’t have the right partner in marriage it can easily destroy your relationship. Let’s take Federer for example.

He is married to Mirka who was a tennis player herself, understands the situation, and is extremely supportive. The ‘personal problems’ Djokovic had may well be the fact that Jelena requires Djokovic to spend more time with her and that she doesn’t understand what is required or isn’t prepared to support Djokovic unconditionally.

She is attractive but unfortunately the attractive ones are usually high maintenance. A man can consider himself extremely lucky if he finds a very attractive woman who will support him unconditionally.

That said, Djokovic is the one attaining all the success and Jelena should be playing the supportive role. It is not like Djokovic will play tennis for his entire life professionally anyway. A tennis player’s career is  short compared to other professions.

Jelena will have Djokovic for herself for the rest of her life when he retires and all the better for her if he achieves his full potential in tennis. If she really cares about him then that is what she would want for him anyway.

Unfortunately, people can be quite selfish and immature which is why your partner in marriage is one of the most important choices you will ever make. That is if you decide to get married.

I found myself in a confused state when I heard the news that Becker and Djokovic are breaking up but the more I read and talked to people the clearer the likely reason became for this shocking and disappointing breakup.

It may well be the case that Jelena doesn’t want to share Djokovic with Becker and with tennis because Djokovic has undergone the most strange and abrupt transformation of late.

From a guy who emulates Tesla and wants to become his equivalent in tennis Djokovic now looks like a tame and subdued man with his hands tied behind his back. Like a caged lion. If that is not a tragic sight I don’t know what is.

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  1. Ru-an, as per my last reply the “personal problems” Novak faced this summer had everything to do with his slump. I know you said you don’t like to talk about the negative in your favourite player and choose to only focus on the positive. I think it has been made very clear that his (self admitted) personal problems have a lot to do with his performance. You allude to the fact you think his wife might not be “supporting him unconditionally” and might be “high maintenance”. I do have inside information and can assure you the peronal problems Novak faced were NOT to do with Jelena being etiher of the above. I’ll give you a little hint. The problems are very connected to the issues he had earlier in his career – when he struggled to finish matches, when he had breathing issues. And I’m not talking a physical issue. Please – don’t blame Jelena when she has absoltuely nothing to do with it. Novak brings it all on himself. And firing Becker? Perhaps Becker had a hand in the “personal issues”. I have not heard this but knowing the way Becker “lives life”, I wouldn’t be surprised. I will get more information on it soon.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Again a very vague comment from you. I don’t understand how a breathing problem is not a physical issue?

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    Danielle Hughes Reply:

    You are right. A breathing problem is a physical issue. Let me try to be less vague. Remember when many years ago Novak claimed that his miraculous recovery from his breathing and endurance issues were due to removing gluten from his diet? I always thought that was a bit suspicious, and to be honest I thought there was a chance he was taking performance enhancing aids. Not so. And gluten also didn’t have anything to do with it. The fact is, Novak likes to have fun and enjoy life. Especially early in his career. Ru-an you have competed at a professional level, and as you know it would be very hard to compete when you are out late, drinking things other than water and gatorade – if you know what I mean. This was the reason he had physical issues on the court. But, he turned that part of his life around, settled down, got married, became a father. He then was able to show the world what he was truly made of. But, we all slip up from time to time and THAT is the root of the “personal problems” this summer. I don’t know if Becker was involved, but – I wouldn’t be surprised. And to be clear, that part is total 100% speculation. What is factual is that they were an awesome partnership and it is sad to see them split.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well, I don’t see how having a few drinks after winning the personal slam is a big deal. That said, Becker did say Djokovic didn’t spend the time on the practice court that he needed to. He also said it is about priorities and clearly Djokovic’s priorities changed pretty drastically of late which makes it very likely that he was having marriage problems. Why was that not a problem before? Why was he completely committed to tennis? The most likely explanation is that Jelena didn’t like it and that she made it impossible for Djokovic to fully concentrate on tennis.

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    Danielle Hughes Reply:

    Novak got caught cheating on Jelena in Rio. There you have it. His “personal problems” were his wife finding out about his extra curricular activities. Hence the “hands tied behind his back” and the “hang dog look”. I know he is your favourite player and you probably don’t appreciate hearing about his failings but there is a reason he isn’t adored by players and fans. He is a spectacular tennis player, but not the most spectacular person.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Source?

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    Danielle Hughes Reply:

    It’s solid.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lmao that is your source?

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  2. Hi Ru-an. I am as upset as you about Boris’s departure, but not 100% surprised after all the half hints. But hey, the last time I posted here, I said that Nole had to address ‘the elephant in the room’ – ie the problems in his private life. Emotional issues would affect him badly on court, being the kind of player he is. You asked me what evidence I had that he had problems in his private life, and when I pointed some out, you told me not to be negative! Not like I’m gonna say I told you so or anything! Yes, it’s all speculation, but Jelena has certainly looked like a very unhappy woman for some time – miserable, uninvolved, no sparkle, some even say pale and too thin. Unlike her old self anyway. Nole has looked like a man being torn in different directions and not being able to find an answer. If, and again it’s only an if, there has been some kind of bargain or ultimatum concerning family versus career, and losing Boris was part of it – if she is now calling the shots she should be looking a lot happier – we will see. A happy Jelena should mean a happy Nole. It might be something else, (so many rumours, the role of Pepe Imaz etc) but whatever, there has been something wrong between them since Wimbledon or even further back. Boris says that Nole knows he didn’t put in enough time on the practice courts, so let’s hope his mind is more settled now and he will get back to his winning ways for at least another couple of years. As you say, surely Jelena could allow him a few more years to achieve his (and our) dreams for him. Again, all speculation that it’s anything to do with her, but IMO the only thing more important to him than tennis, that would send him off track so radically, would be family. On another note, I have to disagree with Danielle about the impact of gluten on a person’s health. It is an indisputable fact that if somebody has a gluten sensitivity it would have a profoundly negative impact on stamina and general wellbeing, and removing it from the diet could make a huge difference. Whether going that step further towards total veganism is a good idea for a high performance athlete is another story.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good call I was just trying to be positive and not looking for negative things unnecessarily. But the breakup is a big deal and a real reason for concern. The fact that Djokovic said ‘On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play’ is further cause for concern. What does that even mean? He broke up with Becker because he is not interested in being great anymore? He went from the most determined and ambitious tennis player I ever saw probably to someone who wants to maintain a good level of play and in the process got rid of the best thing that ever happened to his tennis. It all seems strange to me but yeah we don’t know for sure what the deal is and we will see what the future holds.

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  3. I can understand not wanting to look for negatives – it’s getting crowded in that old river ‘De Nile’ with all those Fed and Rafa fans! And now us as well! I too noticed the ambiguous wording of his statement and wondered does this mean that all that guff about ‘winning isn’t important any more’ which most of us attributed to Pepe Imaz and didn’t buy into, is actually true – which would indeed be tragic in the context of sport and tennis, even if not a big deal in the wider world. I can’t believe the warrior fighting spirit can be suppressed overnight, and am hoping he will once more be true to himself once the dust has settled – assuming it does. I am a little encouraged by the fact that BB says Nole knows he didn’t spend enough time on the practice courts, he is already in Monte Carlo doing just that, reports say that Imaz is going to take a back seat, and discussions will take place with Vajda re the schedule and they will decide whether or not to bring in another coach. Having said all that, I feel that splitting with Boris was a huge mistake – but we shall see, maybe a new feel to the team will remotivate him. We can only wait and hope. I still think the big issue is resolving the personal problems. (Which BB may or may not have been part of). I had seen the rumours about Nole’s alleged extra marital activities, but am reluctant to comment on that out of loyalty to him, except to say that it was actually at Wimbledon he said he had a personal problem (well before Rio), and after Wimbledon that Jelena went to Costa Rica on her own, fuelling more speculation. The truth is we just don’t know what happened, unless somebody can produce incontrovertible proof one way or another. The only thing that is plain to see is that there was/is a problem which needs to be resolved. I long to see the Nole we know and love, fighting and full of spirit, leaving everything on court, defying the odds, defying the haters and detractors. I don’t believe he is a bad or unlikeable person – that’s just haters justifying their prejudices – even IF he has made a very stupid mistake which I don’t condone, and has had to play out the consequences in front of the world on the court. I am a little disappointed in him and for him at the moment, but he will always be my hero. Nothing lasts for ever, but selfishly I’m not ready for it to end. I want it to last just a bit longer, until he attains his deserved goal of undisputed greatest of all time. Please God he remembers all his hopes and dreams and what has driven him for all these years. I thank him for all the joy and thrills and yes heart failure he has given us so far. And I thank Boris for all he has done, and will miss him very much.
    You are so close…don’t lose it all now Nole.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good comment, Lynsey. No, he is not a bad person like the haters want to believe, even if he was unfaithful which we have no proof of. Relationships can be complicated. That’s why it’s almost better not to get married when you are a pro tennis player. You still have plenty of time for that after your career.

    Djokovic has such massive potential and so many fans who he inspires it would be tragic if he can’t reach his potential because of relationship problems. If he should be married to anyone at this point it should be Becker. Not officially of course but as a way of speaking.

    I mean not long ago he was unbelievably ambitious and determined. I thought the last 6 months was kind of understandable after what he achieved but the breakup with Becker was the final straw. They were the perfect team and there is no way Becker would have wanted that to end.

    The only way he would have wanted it to end is if Djokovic now had other priorities which seem to be the case. It’s like that previous ambition and motivation is not there anymore. I don’t want to just blame everything on Jelena but their relationship shouldn’t interfere with Djokovic’s ambitions and motivation.

    It should have a positive effect on those things.

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  4. I do understand Beckers Point, it must be annoying trying to train one of the best in the world and he just won’t put in the time to better himself. Especially when he could see Murray working hard and overtaking Djokovic. I think it’s time for change and a mix up from the Djokovic camp

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Fair point Adam.

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  5. who are these people commenting on here, making crap up left right and centre. what a bunch of gossips.
    ru-an keep blogging about novak’s tennis.
    he will be just fine.

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  6. It’s an obvious fact that there were personal problems. Novak said so himself after Wimbledon. It would be admirably loyal to ignore this aspect, but unrealistic, as his emotional state would invariably affect his performance on court. That is the kind of ‘heart on sleeve’ player he is – the two are inextricably linked. Personally I would never accuse him of this or that, I am a loyal long term fan and take with a huge pinch of salt what is reported in the media, which has in the past been only too eager to show him in a bad light at the first opportunity. But as fans it is human nature to speculate – not looking for something bad like the haters, but trying to find an answer to or reason for the situation – because we care and want Novak to be back to his best, not because we want only to gossip. If Ru-an only blogged about the tennis, (which he does excellently anyway) he would only be doing half a job if he ignored the ‘elephant in the room’.

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