Novak Djokovic is stuck in a rut right now. The former world number one, who is still recovering from his embarrassing exit from the French Open just a few weeks ago, needs to get himself ready for Wimbledon this year. The Serb’s backroom staff has been publicly questioned by several people with a former tennis great questioning Pepe Imaz’s influence on the troubled Serb.
John McEnroe fears that Djokovic’s spiritual guru may not be having the best influence on him. Pepe Imaz sits quietly in the box as he watches Djokovic go through the worst run of his career. McEnroe for one does not believe this is helping Djokovic one bit.
“From an emotional standpoint he perhaps felt he wanted to bring in somebody who wants to give people a lot of hugs. That does not necessarily translate to having that killer instinct. It does not automatically lose it, but you don’t want to get into a situation where it is all peace and love and then have to go out and try to stomp on somebody’s head in competition.”
“I am imagining it is a work in progress. But it is a combination of things – whatever is going on off the court. He had an injury [a year ago], a let-down, and all this stuff contributes to it. I kept thinking it was going to get better.”
This is what Imaz himself had to say about his work.
“This type of work became known with Boris Becker leaving [last December]. A very important person. It is logical it draws attention. And so [people] jumped to the concept of hugs, love, and Pepe Imaz. It’s the same as before. He is having a moment he does not like, he would like to win more matches. And he’s working to do it.”