Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon and ninth career major when he defeated Roger Federer in four sets at the All-England Club Sunday.
After whipping a forehand across the court for a winner to capture the fourth set 6-4, Nole began celebrating his win. He shook hands with Federer at the net and then walked back to his side of the court where he dropped down to the ground and put some of the Wimbledon grass in his mouth.
“It tasted very good this year,” Djokovic joked after the match. “I don’t know what the grounds people have done but they did a great job.”
He then explained how he developed his grass-eating tradition.
“As a kid I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon. As a child you dream of doing something crazy if you achieve it, and that was one of the things.”
Djokovic had multiple opportunities to win the set and blew it. He was up 5-4 and had a break point yet let Federer win the game. Then in the tiebreaker, he was up 6-3 and then 10-9 and still couldn’t close it out. That was his chance to go up two sets to none, but instead, he let Federer tie it.
The song is about having the right, supportive woman in your corner, which is what Jelena is saying she is.
The two have been together for years and Jelena has been a fixture at his matches, even since having a baby — their son Stefan. It’s a team effort for the Djokovic family, and Jelena should be commended for the role she plays with her support.
“I think there is a bond, a relationship, an understanding of the player and coach. Obviously I’ve got my job and it’s a very intimate relationship because it’s one on one. There are moments when he looks up and he needs assurance that what he is doing is right,” Becker said via The Mirror. “And then we have our ways about it to tell him it’s good or tell him it’s bad. And then it’s up to him to change it.”
You can debate how much actual coaching that would construe, but if they have signals telling Djokovic to make changes, I would argue that that violates the rules. Djokovic disagrees.
“I don’t think that we’re cheating,” Djokovic said ahead of Wimbledon. I don’t think that’s how you can call it. There are special ways of, I would say, communication. As he [Becker] mentioned, the way you look at each other, the way you feel your [player] box, and [your] 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. But it’s more of an encouragement, and more of a support and reassurance.”
The ATP and ITF do not allow players to receive any type of coaching during matches. The rule states:
“Players shall not receive coaching during a match (including the warm-up). Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching.”
What Becker is doing would qualify as visible coaching.