Novak Djokovic finds coach for Monte Carlo but is it full-time agreement yet?

Djokovic has been spotted practicing in Monte Carlo this week with Nenad Zimonjic.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic finds coach for Monte Carlo but is it full-time agreement yet?
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Novak Djokovic was spotted on the practice court with Nenad Zimonjic in Monte Carlo, which is a major indication that the world No. 1 will work with the Serbian tennis legend at least during his first clay tournament of the year. 

After removing Goran Ivanisevic from his coaching staff last week, Djokovic didn't name an instant replacement for the Croatian but Serbian media caught the 36-year-old practicing with former doubles world No. 1 Zimonjic on Friday in Belgrade. 

Djokovic being accompanied by Zimonjic during Friday's session gave a potential hint about who could be the Serb's next coach. On Monday, Djokovic held his first practice in Monte Carlo, and Zimonjic was again present. 

However, this time Djokovic and Zimonjic weren't alone on the practice court together as they were also joined by Holger Rune and his coach Patrick Mouratoglou. 

What can we conclude by Djokovic arriving in Monte Carlo with Zimonjic?

While Djokovic has been assisted by Zimonjic over the last couple of days, the record 24-time Grand Slam champion hasn't yet made any official announcement regarding his next coach. 

But after practicing with Zimonjic in Belgrade and then also taking the former eight-time Grand Slam doubles champion with him to Monte Carlo, it is safe to say that the former doubles world No. 1 will coach Djokovic during in Monte Carlo. 

Also, it could be that Djokovic will use Monte Carlo as a trial period with Zimonjic. But also, it could mean that Djokovic has already hired Zimonjic full-time and that he will confirm it when Monte Carlo starts. 

Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic
Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic © Getty Images Sport - Mark Metcalfe

Meanwhile, Djokovic is set to make his 17th appearance on the clay courts of Monte Carlo. This year, the 36-year-old Serb will try to make his fifth Monte Carlo final and win his third title at the tournament. 

What's interesting about this year's Djokovic Monte Carlo participation is that he is arriving to the tournament without a title won in 2024.

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