Novak Djokovic won the Eastbourne tournament in style after beating Gael Monfils in the finals 6-3 6-4 and gets the much-needed booster ahead of Wimbledon.
After the match, the Serb made an interesting announcement in announcing a new addition to his coaching team. Djokovic has announced his tie-up with the former Word No. 7 and the 34-year-old, Mario Ancic. The Serbian No.1 said, “First of all he is my very good friend, he was Number 7 in the World. He played semis of Wimbledon, beat Federer when he was a teenager. He was very talented but unfortunate with injuries and illnesses that ended his career but we’ve always stayed in touch.”
He further added saying “He took a different direction in life, he is in the financial business but I dragged him back to the sport, so I am really glad to see him now in London.”
Djokovic although didn’t confirm a long-term partnership between the two. When asked about it he said, “Whether we’re going to build from there a long-term relationship or not, we’ll see.”
“Agassi and I have come to a mutual decision of having someone alongside Andre to support me. Andre will be there taking his time off his schedule to support me in biggest tournaments but we need someone to be there more frequently.”
“Mario was on top of my list for this position. I consulted him as soon as the decision was made and Andre agreed as well. I am very glad to have them both alongside me.”
Djokovic has been drawn in the bottom half of the 128 main draw for the tournament. Alongside Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. The Serb has started off his practice sessions to a winning start after successfully grabbing the title at Eastbourne.
Though the 2nd seed is struggling to find his form lately, this win at Eastbourne might prove to be a turning point for him. He would be competing for his 4th Wimbledon title in a bid to find his long-lost form.
The Serb will be opening against Martin Klizan in his first round match on 4th July. It shouldn’t be a tough one for the Serb to pass through.