ATP Tour

Becker gives Miami a skip

2014-03-20 20:32
Boris Becker (File)

Miami - Boris Becker, the three-time Wimbledon winner who now serves as the new coach of Novak Djokovic, will miss the ATP Miami Masters to undergo double hip surgery.

The 46-year-old German was due to join Djokovic's team for the hardcourt event but begged off last weekend as his Serbian client won the Indian Wells title over Roger Federer.

Djokovic revealed the situation on Thursday prior to his Friday start at Crandon Park and was hoping that Becker would be back onside for the Monte Carlo tournament that starts in just over three weeks.

"He's unable to travel. He has surgery of his both hips today and tomorrow, so that's unfortunate. He couldn't come," Djokovic said.

"In the finals of Indian Wells he called us and said that he had an emergency and he has to operate both hips."

Despite the seriousness of the procedure, Djokovic optimistically expects that his mentor might be back in record time next month for European clay.

"He's going to be in Monte Carlo and the schedule for the tournaments that he committed before the start of the season, he will be there unless his health doesn't allow him.

"Of course, in these particular situations you can't do much about it. If he has to operate his hips, he cannot move, cannot walk unfortunately. It has been something that he has been carrying for many years already.

"If he is able, he's going to be in Monte Carlo. Everything stays the same."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.