22 Dec 2013

Becker coy about how he'll improve Djokovic's game

10:15 am on 22 December 2013

German tennis great Boris Becker says he's giving up his job as a BBC commentator to focus on his new role as head coach of world number two Novak Djokovic.

The 46-year-old Becker has worked as a BBC commentator alongside fellow former players John McEnroe and Pat Cash since 2002, but says his media role now conflicts with his position as Djokovic's mentor.

Becker has been hired to improve Djokovic's game after a disappointing 2013 by his own high standards, but he's not giving much away.

He says his mental strength will be key to his coaching the Serb, as it was for his own tennis career.

Becker will spend around 20 weeks per year on the ATP Tour with Djokovic.