Novak Djokovic revealed that he has split from long-time coach Marian Vajda.
A statement published on Djokovic’s website on Tuesday said that the two men “agreed to end their partnership” after last year’s season-ending ATP Finals.
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The two had started working together in 2006, when Djokovic was 19. He transformed the talented youngster to a Grand Slam champion.
What a journey Marian. 15 years! 🤯😃 You have been by my side during the most important & memorable moments. We have achieved the unachievable & I will forever be grateful for your friendship & dedication. You will always be my family & I can’t thank you enough for everything 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/8ihJP2VpiS
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 2, 2022
“During my time with Novak, I have been lucky to watch him transform into the player he is today,” Vajda said in the statement.
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“I will look back on our time together with immense pride and am so very thankful for the success we have achieved.”
During their 15-year tenure, the Serb won 20 Grand Slam titles.
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“Marian has been by my side during the most important and memorable moments in my career,” Djokovic said.
“Together we have achieved some incredible things and I am very grateful for his friendship and dedication over the last 15 years.
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“While he might be leaving the professional team he will always be family and I can’t thank him enough for all he has done.”
Save for a brief while from 2017 to 2018, Vajda has been the constant as Djokovic experimented with star coaches like Boris Becker (2013 to 2017), Andre Agassi (2018) and Goran Ivanisevic.
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On Monday, Djokovic dropped out of the No.1 ranking for the first time in two years, sliding to No. 2 behind Daniil Medvedev.
His 361 total weeks atop the ATP are a record, as are his seven times finishing a season at No. 1.