Since recently announcing the split from his entire team, Serb Novak Djokovic is playing the Mutua Madrid Open as he looks to ‘find a way to come back to the top stronger and more resilient.’ We take a look at some potential coaches for Novak Djokovic.
In recent times, the ‘Fab 5’ in tennis have turned to tennis legends, with Sir Andy Murray teaming up with Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer with Stefan Edberg and, Stan Wawrinka with Magnus Norman, Rafael Nadal with Carlos Moya and Djokovic himself with Boris Becker.
One of the most speculated names to become Djokovic’s coach, the American spoke about the Serb’s problem, describing his issues ‘mental’. He also believes that Djokovic would find a solution and has admitted he would like to return to tennis in a coaching role in the future.
However, he’s also ruled out a return to coaching at the present time claiming: ‘I would not have any room with my kids – who are 15 and 13.’
Djokovic’s serve isn’t one of his stronger points and the Serb would definitely be helped by Sampras in that regard. Sampras is a 14-time Grand Slam winner and has been often linked with a move into coaching, despite being largely away from the tennis scenario since his retirement in 2002.
Once describing Djokovic as the greatest defender in tennis history, McEnroe served as Milos Raonic’s coach for a short time which ended at the US Open due to clashes with the media.
Djokovic mentioned that he wanted to get the hunger to win back, then who better than McEnroe?
Rafael Nadal’s uncle is one of the most successful coaches of all time with all his achievements with Rafa himself. Earlier this year, he parted ways with Rafa, with Carlos Moya replacing him. Now, that he has some free away from the legend he can focus on another.
Known for his strict coaching style, Toni might be the best person to reach out to if Djokovic wants some sort of discipline in his schedule.
Federer’s former coach, Edberg’s story is somewhat similar to Djokovic’s with the Swedish knowing what it takes to reach the top and more important – how to maintain that position. Federer described Edberg’s role as “more of a mentor than a coach”.
It is no secret that Edberg’s influence has been widely been regarded as critical in the Swiss champion’s eventual resurgence, especially his game at the net, something that Djokovic can improve.
Another former player, Gilbert is someone with a proven track record as a coach. Among many of his spectacular coaching achievements, most notable ones top players, include Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.
With a man who has as much experience as Brad Gilbert, Novak could certainly get back on his estranged train to World No 1.