Monday 21 August 2017 / 06:07 PM

Djokovic denies Becker ‘cheating’ claims

World number one Novak Djokovic was dragged into a bizarre row in the lead-up to Wimbledon after his own coach Boris Becker claimed the two have ‘ways of communicating’ during the Serb’s tennis matches.

Communication between coach and player for the purposes of coaching is strictly forbidden in tennis. The first instance results in a warning, followed by point and game penalties for further breaches.

When asked to comment, Djokovic said: “I don’t think that we’re cheating.I mean, there are special ways of communication — as (Becker) mentioned, the way you look at each other, the way you feel your box, and the box feels what you’re going through on the court. 

“I think that’s something that just gives you that reassurance, gives you that confidence.

 

“It’s not necessary that he tells me where to serve or to which side of the opponent’s court I have to play, because that doesn’t happen.”

Djokovic will ill-appreciate the distraction caused by Becker’s comments, with greater scrutiny likely to be placed upon the German’s body language during his protégé’s matches. Djokovic begins his title defence against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber later today.  

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