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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.