Djokovic splits from longtime coach Marian Vajda

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Djokovic splits from longtime coach Marian Vajda

Former world number one Novak Djokovic has announced a split from his longtime coach Marian Vajda for a second time.

Serbia’s Djokovic, 34, lost the number one ranking to Russian Daniil Medvedev on Monday.

Marian Vajda began working with the 20-time Grand Slam winner as a teenager in 2006 before the pair briefly split for one year in 2017.

A statement on Djokovic’s website on Tuesday announced that the two men “agreed to end their partnership” after last year’s season-ending ATP Finals. The Serbian won three grand slams in 2021.

“Marian has been by my side during the most important and memorable moments in my career,” said Djokovic.

“Together we have achieved some incredible things and I am very grateful for his friendship and dedication over the last 15 years.”

During Vajda’s tenure, Djokovic also has picked up other coaches at various times — including Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, and Radek Stepanek. Goran Ivanisevic, who has been part of the team since 2019, will continue to work with the 34-year-old.

Having been deported from Australia on the eve of the Australian Open last month, Djokovic returned to action in Dubai last week where he lost to Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals.

Vajda said he would look back on their time together “with immense pride” and added he was looking “forward to new challenges”.

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