Novak Djokovic announces split from longtime coach Marian Vajda

Novak Djokovic has parted ways with longtime manager Marian Vajda.©AFP

Novak Djokovic’s turbulent start to 2022 took another twist on Wednesday as the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed he had parted ways with longtime coach Marian Vajda after last year’s ATP Finals. Djokovic was sent off on the eve of the Australian Open in January and lost his number one on Monday to Russian Daniil Medvedev. “Marian has been by my side during the most important and memorable moments of my career,” Djokovic, 34, told his official website.

Djokovic started working with the Slovakian coach since he was a teenager in 2006, although they went their separate ways for a year in 2017.

“Together we have accomplished incredible things and I am so grateful for his friendship and dedication over the past 15 years.”

Vadja stopped working with Djokovic after the tour final in Turin in November.

He hadn’t been seen as part of Djokovic’s backroom team in Melbourne before the Serbian player was deported in a row of visas due to his Covid vaccination status.

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“During my time with Novak, I was lucky enough to see him grow into the player he is today,” Vajda said.

“I will look back on our time together with immense pride.”

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