Alexander Zverev : ''I can't afford Boris Becker."

merwy

G.O.A.T.
Yet he wears a wrist watch that's worth almost a million dollars... :rolleyes:
Pretty shortsighted comment.. that watch is probably given to him by sponsors. Anyhow, it's pretty clear that hiring Boris costs multitudes more than that watch does. He wasn't saying that he's poor, just that he can't hire Boris. Wealth is relative, remember that.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Pretty shortsighted comment.. that watch is probably given to him by sponsors. Anyhow, it's pretty clear that hiring Boris costs multitudes more than that watch does. He wasn't saying that he's poor, just that he can't hire Boris. Wealth is relative, remember that.

You're saying Boris Becker cost more than a million per year?! That doesn't sound right at all.

I mean I seriously doubt Paul Annacone would be working for Tennis Channel as a commentator if he pulled in 7 figures per year working with Fed.
 

beltsman

G.O.A.T.
I wonder if Murray would be interested in hiring Becker. Lendl was good for him back then but I am not sure if he brought anything new this time. Didn't like the way Andy got distracted against Nishikori at the USO and I don't think it was addressed properly since then. Though Andy did pretty good at WTF especially in the final.

Also the 1st serve needs work - need to be more consistent so that he won't have to rely on his 2nd too much. The 2nd needs a bit of work too though it has apparently improved over the last few months, I still don't find it reliable. Zverev punished it quite a bit at AO. Murray though hinted recently that he was ill prepared for the AO but still. I just want his serves to be more reliable because that's all he needs. He finds lots of confidence when he serves well (or perhaps vice versa) and that helps rest of his game.

Anyway, I think Becker can help in those regards. Sampras would be ideal but that's probably far fetched.

Sorry for making this all about Murray. Hope Zverev can afford BB in the future or perhaps BB should compromise and see the potential in Zverev? It's an open offer after all.

Can you imagine Murray getting coached by Sampras!??? Murray could become a grass legend...
 

noobforehand20

Professional
i thought the very same thing about the watch, on the other side, man you do wonder how boris has such belly given how lanky he used to be, like back then you would have been sure to lose that bet, take an opposite example like edberg
 

Elektra

Professional
You're saying Boris Becker cost more than a million per year?! That doesn't sound right at all.

I mean I seriously doubt Paul Annacone would be working for Tennis Channel as a commentator if he pulled in 7 figures per year working with Fed.

It is tennis and since Becker was a grandslam champion he probably costs more. Why is it that only the big four can hire former tennis legends as coaches but not the younger ones. The big four has more prize money and endorsement money. At times the endorsement company will hire the coach to coach the player they endorsed. Look at Simona Halep/Darren Cahill Addidas coach development program.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I think he already was after the first wimbledon he won, it was very long wait for Britain, what more does he need to do.

Well, he currently has 2 Wimbledon titles, broken the record for number of titles at Queens (the most prestigious grass event after Wimbledon) and is the only guy to win an Olympic gold medal on grass so he's pretty much getting there in the grass legendary stakes IMO. :cool:
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
You're saying Boris Becker cost more than a million per year?! That doesn't sound right at all.

I mean I seriously doubt Paul Annacone would be working for Tennis Channel as a commentator if he pulled in 7 figures per year working with Fed.
Not necessarily. Pro players have lots of bills to pay though - not only their celebrity coach - and they tend to pile up. And don't forget that Zverev would also have to come up with the money for Becker's accommodation, travels, and the like. I am fairly sure that Becker wouldn't be willing to stay in cheap hotels either. I doubt that Becker's income alone is the problem.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
I dont think BB wud ever Coach Novak's rivals ever.. He seems to be a loyal friend .. Hiring BB as a coach was as helpful to Boris as it was to Novak.His fitness improved and he seems to love to be in djokovic Camp.
BB was never shy to play mind games with even "Roger " which I think noone else on the tour would dare to do ( remembr the Sabr and potshots on Roger ).. Boris really was commited with Novak . I cant get over the disappointment that , how cud Novak affod to lose such a Friend, Coach and Strong personality so easily..
Roger or Nadal wud never have splitted wid Boris , if they had such a Coach and former Champ alongside..

Nah, If Boris got a good offer from another player Boris would take it. Boris is a fame and glory type that would LOVE coaching a classy player that has won a lot.
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
Boris s job is to trash talk other players and create headache for everyone. That's why his rate is high :)
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
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An honest Alexander Zverev has admitted that he can't afford Boris Becker at the moment but would love to work with a great champion like him in the future.

''Boris could definitely help me to improve my game, but if I want to work with him, first I have to win some tournaments because at the moment I cannot afford it. So if I wanted to do it, I would have to wait at least a couple of years.''

http://www.**************.org/news/...-to-hire-boris-becker-but-i-can-t-afford-it-/

Are you Serious ????????????????????????? You have to actually Pay to have Boris coach you ??????????????? WOW.
 

Purplemonster

Hall of Fame
I wonder if Murray would be interested in hiring Becker. Lendl was good for him back then but I am not sure if he brought anything new this time. Didn't like the way Andy got distracted against Nishikori at the USO and I don't think it was addressed properly since then. Though Andy did pretty good at WTF especially in the final.

Also the 1st serve needs work - need to be more consistent so that he won't have to rely on his 2nd too much. The 2nd needs a bit of work too though it has apparently improved over the last few months, I still don't find it reliable. Zverev punished it quite a bit at AO. Murray though hinted recently that he was ill prepared for the AO but still. I just want his serves to be more reliable because that's all he needs. He finds lots of confidence when he serves well (or perhaps vice versa) and that helps rest of his game.

Anyway, I think Becker can help in those regards. Sampras would be ideal but that's probably far fetched.

Sorry for making this all about Murray. Hope Zverev can afford BB in the future or perhaps BB should compromise and see the potential in Zverev? It's an open offer after all.

Can't see Murray hiring Becker, he would be to paranoid that Becker may try and stick it to his wife. If he fails at that then the mum would be next.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
I wonder if Murray would be interested in hiring Becker. Lendl was good for him back then but I am not sure if he brought anything new this time. Didn't like the way Andy got distracted against Nishikori at the USO and I don't think it was addressed properly since then. Though Andy did pretty good at WTF especially in the final.

Also the 1st serve needs work - need to be more consistent so that he won't have to rely on his 2nd too much. The 2nd needs a bit of work too though it has apparently improved over the last few months, I still don't find it reliable. Zverev punished it quite a bit at AO. Murray though hinted recently that he was ill prepared for the AO but still. I just want his serves to be more reliable because that's all he needs. He finds lots of confidence when he serves well (or perhaps vice versa) and that helps rest of his game.

Anyway, I think Becker can help in those regards. Sampras would be ideal but that's probably far fetched.

Sorry for making this all about Murray. Hope Zverev can afford BB in the future or perhaps BB should compromise and see the potential in Zverev? It's an open offer after all.

Professional tennis players are not 3.5 players. No coach can give Murray a much better serve. The motion is too deeply ingrained by now.
 

bjsnider

Hall of Fame
He doesn't need Becker to achieve excellent results in tennis. He may feel that he needs someone like Becker to get to number one in the world or whatever, but that can only come after he spends years working on his biggest flaw -- lack of fitness. For that, he doesn't need Becker, as that photo unambiguously illustrates (BTW, what happened to Becker's massive shoulders? Jeez.)
 

MLRoy

Hall of Fame
Can't see Murray hiring Becker, he would be to paranoid that Becker may try and stick it to his wife. If he fails at that then the mum would be next.
I think "Our Andy" would either watch or join in. But I can't imagine the Mrs. would be THAT desperate after seeing BB swill wine by the pool.
 

MLRoy

Hall of Fame
Boom boom has a way with women though.
If you close your eyes, and just listen to him, he can be very charming. I actually like him. I remember what a great player he was, as well as handsome. Still, NO ONE'S worth that much as a coach. I think it was psychological with Joker. BB was a serve & volleyer, w/ a big serve. Did Joker adopt either? Nope. It worked out for him, but someone else could've helped as much or more.
 
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Zara

Guest
I'm not at all easy at the thought of him parting with Lendl again just yet but, should it come to pass, (and it has done so before), then I also wondered if he might hook up with Boris if the latter is still available. After all, Boris helped Novak to double his number of Slams. Would be fantastic if he could do the same for Andy! ;)

Becker is underrated as a coach. He helped Novak stay motivated until RG was won. It wasn't an easy job to coach a player to play against all time greats like Nadal and Federer, but Becker made it possible. The influence of him on Novak was a crucial one and of course Novak was ready to receive. It worked out perfectly well so far until they split.

I do think Lendl came at a right time in Andy's career but I feel the influence may have worn off. It is also important to make note that Andy is at a completely different stage of his career at the moment. Lendl's need was to help Andy win his first slam, which he did not once but twice (USO and Wimbledon), but that need is no longer there. Now Andy needs a coach who would see him through a few more Slams and Becker just has that kind of precise experience having coached Novak where Andy is right now.

Novak, on the other hand, would be better off with Annacone. Because he is at a final stage of his career so Annacone can definitely see him win a few more because Annacone has the experience to work with greats like Sampras and Federer at that stage of their career.

I don't think either has lost motivation in the true sense. Both are taking time and reflecting back as finally winning RG was a huge deal for Novak, while Andy winning Wimbledon and Olympics for the 2nd time, Rome, Paris, WTF for the first time and ultimately becoming World No. 1 was a huge deal for him. I'd also like to add that because of these reasons both Nadal and Federer got lucky at the AO. If these two were both at the same level as last year, then I am not sure if Nadal or Federer or both would have made the final, let alone one of them winning. I don't underestimate either Nadal or Federer but it was clear that No. 1 & 2 were better players and were the favourites to win the AO. But the above factors turned the tide against them and worked in Fedal's favour.
 
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Zara

Guest
Professional tennis players are not 3.5 players. No coach can give Murray a much better serve. The motion is too deeply ingrained by now.[/QUOTE]
We just live in a different time now. I, for one, don't care for limited, boxed thinking; therefore, I don't believe in anything being deeply ingrained.

Anything can be and wiped out and rewritten at the core or sub-conscious level of our mind.

Besides, Andy's first serve is good enough. Just needs a bit tweaking. I feel his timing is a bit wrong. Sampras could help with that and also help him placing his 2nd serve well or disguise properly. We are not talking about complete change of serves but just improve and there's a lot of room for that. You can't be perfect of course as there's no such thing, but one can strive for it and that alone takes care of a few things.
 

MLRoy

Hall of Fame
Boris s job is to trash talk other players and create headache for everyone. That's why his rate is high :)
Jeez, he should hire ME. I'll do that for airfare, meals & lodgings. What a dream job. And if he needs coaching, I'm in: "Hey, Stretch, don't hit the ball into the net. Aim a few inches within the line. YOU'RE WILLKOMMEN!"
 

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
German Tennis Federation should help Zverev hiring Becker and Becker should make a special discount for Sascha. This is a great chance for Germany to have a male GS winner again after a long hiatus.
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
Assuming he is looking for a German coach (don't see what's special about Boris otherwise), he should see if Graf is available.
 
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