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Don’t rule out coaching as soon as next year, says Boris Becker

tennis Updated: Dec 18, 2016 17:32 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times
Boris Becker

Tennis legend Boris Becker met former India cricket captain and CAB President Sourav Ganguly during the 'Kolkata 25K' run in Kolkata on Sunday.(PTI)

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker might have just parted ways with Novak Djokovic but he is still game for coaching. “Who says I won’t be coaching? I will be going to Melbourne (for the Australian Open) and speak to everybody. I’m in no rush because you need to properly close one chapter before opening another. But I don’t rule out coaching as soon as next year,” said Becker on the sidelines of the TSK 25K meet here on Saturday.

Djokovic has recently slipped from No.1 but Becker doesn’t believe Andy Murray is in a position to dominate his former ward. “Dominating means winning Grand Slam after Grand Slam. To finish the year as No. 1 was a breakthrough for Murray. But I don’t think he has that advantage,” said the man who was known as Boom Boom in the circuit. He said that name was given by Vijay Amritraj when they played doubles. “During that time only he spoke,” said Becker who makes it a point to watch every Bayern Munich game on TV but still considers League One side AFC Wimbledon as his own club. “I live there you know,” he said.

Becker’s India connection doesn’t end with Amritraj. He spoke of a rapport built with Sania Mirza where both are believed to bring good luck to each other. “We have this good luck routine and every time we are having lunch and she is with her doubles partner and I am with the team, she is winning the doubles tournament. So Sania insisted on all the important tournaments that we have lunch together because I bring her luck and she brings me luck,” said the 49-year old.

Maybe the same camaraderie has brought about a change in Becker’s view about equal pay for women players, something he had not approved of in the past. “They play in the same tournaments. They give it their all. They practise as much as they can. There’s enough for everybody. This is an equal society and whatever they do they deserve to get paid the same,” said Becker.