Novak Djokovic denies on-court coaching claims
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has denied accusations of cheating despite admitting top players routinely break the rules by communicating with their coaches during matches.
Tennis governing body rules forbid coaches from instructing their players in the middle of matches.
But Djokovic’s coach Boris Becker has revealed the Serb’s back-room staff “have our ways” of signalling to the world number one on court “to tell him it’s good or it’s bad”.
With Djokovic due to start his Wimbledon title defence against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Centre Court on Monday, he was quizzed about the trend for on-court coaching when he faced the media for the annual champions’ press conferences at the All England Club.
The 28-year-old rejected suggestions his on-court communication with Becker represents a significant rule breach, but he did concede the practice is widespread.
“I don’t think that we’re cheating, I don’t think that’s how you can call it,” Djokovic said. “I think with all the cameras pointed out to him (Becker) and to the box, I think you would already notice if he would just kind of go kick serve, slice, to do the backhand or forehand.