Novak Djokovic has put his own long-time mentor after Marian Vajda with a less than acrimonious split of any thoughts appeared at The Serbia Open Final Sunday.
Djokovic shocked the tennis world last month When he announced that Vajda would no longer be part of his team after 15 years of working together.
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Rumors immediately began to swirl that the pair should have some sort of falling out, however they were disposed of on Sunday at Djokovic’s home tournament.
Djokovic’s wife Jelena stands in front of Vajda’s Serbia Open final, appearing in court on a post-match ceremony.
Three of Djokovic’s former coaches – Vajda, Niki Pilic and Gebhard Gritsch, as well as departing physio Miljan Amanovic – were all on hand for a ceremony, with three of them hoisting a photo of Djokovic in the air.
Djokovic and Vajda hugged and appeared in very friendly terms, before Djokovic explained why his long-term mentor would no longer be a part of his team.
“Marian has traveled a lot as a player, then he coached Dominik Hrbaty and several other players, and then he spent 15 years with me,” the World No.1 said in court.
“He is just tired of all the traveling, that is the reason.
“I am glad we were able to say a proper goodbye here and there. Belgrade in front of him.”
Djokovic also said that physiotherapist Amanovic would no longer be traveling with him, but he would help run the new academy at the Novak Tennis Center.
“Miljan has traveled a lot, he has got three kids,” Djokovic explained.
“Also, we have big plans here at the Novak Tennis Center, we intend to transform it into an academy, and Miljan is one of the key people there.
“I am delighted that he has accepted that role, and he will mean the world to us.”
When asked if anyone else was on his team, Djokovic said: “No. It’s Goran (Ivanisevic, coach), Marco (Panichi, fitness coach) and Uli (Badio, physiotherapist). “
Fans were delighted to see Vajda and Djokovic still on good terms.
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Speaking earlier this month, Tennis pundit and Olympic gold medallist Marc Rosset said the decision Vajda could come back with bite Djokovic.
“There is still something bothering me about Djokovic,” the Swiss former player told RTS.
“I’m curious to see what it will be like now that he’s broke up with his long-time coach, Marian Vajda. Because last time it happened, it didn’t pay off.
“We’ll see if he manages to be as strong as ever without his trusted man.
“Of course, Goran Ivanisevic will always be there, but it’s not the same lemonade between them.
“They don’t have that 15-year relationship or that closeness.”
The Serbia Open was Djokovic’s fourth tournament Covid-19 vaccinated to get his refusal.
He managed to make it to the final with his best result of the year but fell to Andrey Rublev 2-6, 7-6 (4), 0-6.
Djokovic later admitted he “ran out of gas” due to his lack of match fitness.
“I have to look at the positives, my home crowd at the front of the finals playing, it was unfortunate that the third set I ran out of gas and could deliver more of a fight,” he said.
“After four three-set battles I can say that I am tired but also pleased that I managed to win this one.
“I think that will serve as a continuation of the clay court season.”
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