Novak Djokovic Goes 'Spiritual' To Retain His Position As World Number One

World number one Tennis star, Novak Djokovic, has come heavily under the influence of a spiritual guru who is assisting his attempts to fend off Andy Murray's challenge for the world number one position.

Pepe Imaz is an ex journeyman player from Spain who preaches a philosophy of Amor Y Paz (Love and Peace) as the overriding factors when coaching tennis.

A great believer in meditation and the power of lengthy hugs, he has become an increasingly significant presence in the life of the Serb who, by his stratospheric standards, has been in a relative slump since winning the French Open in early June.

Djokovic appears to have become close to him through the connection of his brother Marko, who credits Imaz with curing him of depression after his own tennis career faltered more than two years ago.

Such is the hold exerted by Imaz that he has travelled to the Paris Masters this week, accompanying the Serb instead of the two coaches who have guided Djokovic to the very pinnacle of the world game, Boris Becker and Marian Vajda.

The future of Becker's whole relationship with the 29 year-old Serb – which has been phenomenally successful – is now uncertain, with no assurances about their future together beyond the end of this season.

Amid all the speculation about what has been happening with Djokovic since his shock defeat at Wimbledon, the growing influence of Imaz and his 'new age' beliefs have hitherto been overlooked.

Daily Mail

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