Novak Djokovic, Coach Marian Vajda Separate, Ending 15-Year Relationship


Marian Vajda and Novak Djokovic are no longer working together after 15 years and 20 Grand Slam titles.

On Tuesday, a statement that went up on Djokovic’s website said that the two men “agreed to end their partnership” after last year’s season-ending ATP Finals.

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

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

Djokovic and Vajda took a break from each other in 2017 but reunited the next year.

“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 together with immense pride and am so very thankful for the success we have achieved,” Vajda said in the post on Djokovic’s site.
“I remain his biggest support on and off the court and I look forward to new challenges.”

The announcement of the change came one day after Djokovic dropped out of the No. 1 ranking for the first time in two years, sliding to No. 2 behind Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic’s 361 total weeks atop the ATP are a record, as are his seven times finishing a season at No. 1.

With 20 major singles titles, he is tied with Federer for second-most in the history of men’s tennis; only Rafael Nadal, who won his 21st title at the Australian Open in January, has more.

Because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, Djokovic was deported from Australia and unable to defend his title at Melbourne Park.

It is the first tournament he has played in in 2022 – losing to Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships last week – and he says he won’t get the vaccination shots, even if he needs them to play in the French Open or Wimbledon.