Coach Marian Vajda has revealed that he and Novak Djokovic have mutually agreed to part ways as he has not closed the door on returning to the Tour as coach of another player. This week, Sport Klub broke the news of the separation of Djokovic and Vajda after 15 years of successful collaboration.
Djokovic achieved his goal of capturing a career Grand Slam after beating Andy Murray in the 2016 French Open final. Djokovic's form dipped after the 2016 French Open win and in 2017 he fired Vajda. Djokovic returned Vajda to his coaching staff in 2018 and went back to winning Grand Slams and the No.1 ranking.
"I would like to experience something new later, a new challenge with another player, but the bar is very high," Vajda told Aktuality, as revealed by Sasa Ozmo. "As an unvaccinated player, he will have a limited number of tournaments, and he already has a strong team with coach Goran Ivanisevic.
After considering all the circumstances, we mutually decided to end our professional cooperation," Vajda insisted. Despite the breakup, Vajda insists he will remain Djokovic's biggest supporter. "I'm still Djokovic's biggest fan, I'll keep my fingers crossed for him and I hope the world goes back to normal," Vajda added.
Djokovic confirmed the news of the breakup with Vajda and expressed his gratitude for the things they accomplished while working together. "Marian has been by my side in the most important and memorable moments of my career," Djokovic said.
Djokovic will play the French Open
In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic had some harsh words about the way he was treated in Australia ahead of the season's first Grand Slam last month. The World No. 1 minced no words, saying that he felt "humiliated" by the ordeal and that the concerned authorities publicly portrayed a "very ugly image" of him.
"A very ugly image of me was created [in Australia]. They humiliated me, if I may say so, on a world level. That is why it is important that I always have the opportunity to say something," Djokovic said. "If someone wants to ask me something, I will answer.
I can't erase what happened from my memory. Everything is so fresh. It really was a precedent in every sense. I can accept it as it is, and move on," said. "What you will certainly not hear or see from me is running away from responsibility and the desire to answer someone's question. I don't hide anything. I don't run away."