Justine Henin gives thoughts on Novak Djokovic splitting with coach Marian Vajda



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Justine Henin gives thoughts on Novak Djokovic splitting with coach Marian Vajda

Former world No. 1 Justine Henin thinks Novak Djokovic is going through a difficult period and that impacted his decision to split with his long-term coach Marian Vajda. Last week, it was announced Djokovic and Vajda were splitting after 15 successful years.

Djokovic and Vajda split for the first time in 2017 but got back to working together in 2018. Djokovic enjoyed major success after returning Vajda to his coaching staff and his decision to split with Vajda again came as a surprise to many.

"He is going through a difficult period. And in difficult times sometimes important decisions have to be made. I think that if there was a turning point in the months, it probably happened during the Olympics. It will have an impact in the next few weeks," Henin told Eurosport.

Djokovic and Vajda split on good terms

Djokovic took to Twitter to confirm that he was indeed splitting with Vajda and also took a moment to express his appreciation to his former coach. “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”.

Vajda won't be sitting in Djokovic's corner anymore but he has promised to remain the biggest support of the world No. 2. "During my time with Novak, I have been lucky to watch him transform into the player he is today. I will look back on our time with immense pride and I am so very thankful for the success we have achieved. I remain his biggest support on and off the court and look forward to new challenges," Vajda said.