ATP star Nikolay Davydenko (a funny man long accused by media no-brains of having "no personality") has turned me off on a few occasions by making classic sexist jokes about his wife. But Davydenko isn't joking now: His brother, Eduardo--who has long been his coach--is backing off, and, at least for now, Davydenko's wife, Irina will be guiding him. She led him to his last Davis Cup win, and he says she has some things to teach him.
One ESPN writer has already asked us to "imagine" Irina feeding balls to Davydenko. Let's see...Zheng Jie, Patty Schnyder, Li Na...I'd say it would look something like that. It is expected that some husbands might be coaches, but apparently, we need to concentrate to come up with an image of a wife coaching her husband.
It isn't known whether Davydenko is shopping for a regular coach, but for the time being, he has someone he trusts helping him.
Michael Llodra opened the door by hiring Amelie Mauresmo as a grass season coach. At least Davydenko will have a pal when he becomes the butt of who knows how many locker room jokes.