Sunday, 5 June 2016

The Team behind Andy Murray VS The Team behind Novak Djokovic at the French Open final TODAY.

Andy Murray will have a slightly different look to his support box for his historic French Open final on Sunday afternoon — his wife Kim is expected to be in there.
She has been largely absent from the stands during this Grand Slam, although she has been in Paris since before the tournament started.
Instead of sitting through what have often proved long matches she has been looking after baby Sophia and making only sporadic visits to the stadium from the house they are renting nearby in the plush 16th arrondisement of the French capital.
Team Murray features Jamie Delgado (front left) next to Matt Little and Mark Bender (front right)

Team Murray features Jamie Delgado (front left) next to Matt Little and Mark Bender (front right)
The only thing that Delgado and Becker have in common is that they both live in Wimbledon

The only thing that Delgado and Becker have in common is that they both live in Wimbledon
It has meant that Murray’s entourage, the subject of much discussion in his turbulent couple of early-round matches, has been smaller than usual during the world No2’s run to the final.
And unlike Djokovic’s, with Boris Becker, it has not had an instantly recognisable face in it.
While former British journeyman player Jamie Delgado is the main tennis brain in Team Murray, the German legend heads up the group that will prepare Djokovic for the match he so desperately wants to win to fill the one gap on his stellar curriculum vitae.
Becker’s appointment in late 2013 initially met with some cynicism, partly because of his somewhat surreal commentary style during his stints with the BBC. 
However, there can be no arguing with the end result, as Djokovic’s form has surged, winning five of the past nine Grand Slams and just about everything else in the game.
Team Djokovic features Boris Becker with Marian Vajda (centre) and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch (left)

Team Djokovic features Boris Becker with Marian Vajda (centre) and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch (left)
Becker’s appointment by the world No 1  in late 2013 initially met with some cynicism

Becker’s appointment by the world No 1  in late 2013 initially met with some cynicism
German legend Becker heads up the group that will prepare Djokovic for the match on Sunday


German legend Becker heads up the group that will prepare Djokovic for the match on Sunday
The dynamic is interesting, as Becker is clearly a man slightly apart from the rest of the tightknit team which comprises the other coach, former Slovakian player Marian Vajda, Austrian trainer Gebhard Phil-Gritsch and Serbian physio Miljan Amanovic.
About the only thing that Delgado and Becker have in common is that they both live in Wimbledon, although in somewhat different circumstances, Delgado in a flat and the German anglophile in a detached house.
Delgado is not to be underestimated, though, and today is a big match for him as well. If Murray wins, it will surely suggest he need not go in search of another big name to head up his support group in the manner of Ivan Lendl or Amelie Mauresmo.
The former British Davis Cup player fits in well with the other two key members of Murray’s staff, fitness trainer Matt Little and Australian physio Mark Bender. That counts, too.  

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