Slovakian tennis player Alex Molcan has hired Novak Djokovic's former coach Marian Vajda, according to RTVS and Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo. Djokovic, who was denied participation in the Australian Open, kicked off his 2022 season in late February in Dubai.
After suffering a shock quarterfinal loss to Jiri Vesely in Dubai, Djokovic announced that he and his longtime coach, Marian Vajda, have decided to part ways. Vajda was integral to Djokovic's success for many years. The two briefly parted ways in 2017, but worked together again in 2018.
After bringing Vajda back to his team, Djokovic began winning Grand Slams again and reached No. 1 in the rankings. Now Vajda hopes to help Molcan achieve some remarkable results. Molcan, ranked at number 47 in the world, is currently the highest ranked Slovakian player.
Last year, Molcan reached his first ATP final in Belgrade, before losing to Djokovic. Last month, the 24-year-old Molcan reached his second ATP final in Marrakech. Once again, Molcan fell short of winning his first ATP title when he was beaten by David Goffin in three sets in the Marrakech final.
Molcan is a top 50 player and has been to two ATP finals. Molcan has shown that he is capable of playing well, but now he needs to take another step forward in his career.
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Marian Vajda recently delved deeper into his split with former ward Novak Djokovic, revealing that the World No.
1 felt it would be better to play Slams with just one coach. "We were together for a long time, he wanted to focus more on Grand Slam tournaments and the team was no longer important in such quantity," Vajda said. "He wanted to reduce it and have only one coach.
He chose Goran IvaniševiÄ. There was no reason for us to be more. However, we have never talked directly about it, I am only based on an analysis of the program that you have prepared for the near future." Upon being further probed about the 34-year-old's chances at Roland Garros, Vajda admitted that the former might find the going tough in Paris as well.
However, he sees Djokovic back in full form for Wimbledon. "I don't know if it's Roland Garros," said the Slovak. "There will be players running and Novak still lacks wrestling experience. It is visible. But he could be ready for Wimbledon. It is his surface, he can use its advantages there."