Novak Djokovic and Marian Vajda were the protagonists of one of the most successful and exciting collaborations in the history of tennis. Under the guidance of the Slovakian coach, the Serbian champion won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, reached the top of the ATP ranking and he sealed the record for weeks spent as number one on the men’s circuit by overtaking Roger Federer.
A collaboration that lasted 15 years is characterized by an interruption between 2017 and 2018. Vajda, in an interview with Olé Tenis magazine, talked precisely about her relationship with Djokovic. He explained: “We spent fifteen years together.
Novak has decided to play fewer tournaments, to have a smaller team and to rely on Goran Ivanisevic as number one. Our sports relationship was interrupted due to a career choice. It’s been a very difficult time emotionally for both of us, but life goes on and Novak continues to be Novak.
He knows how to train and how to work with Goran. I’m fine, he’s fine. And that’s how it should be. At the Australian Open I saw his great relief after what happened last year and the injury he suffered in Adelaide. Emotions could be felt even from a distance.
From this point of view, I miss living those moments. This year many countries have lifted the restrictions and he will be able to play more tournaments. I’d like to meet him more often around the Tour and see him win more Grand Slams.”
Djokovic announced the split with Vajda last year
Djokovic announced the end of his sporting relationship with Vajda last year, specifically in March, greeting him with affection and remembering the strong bond that will always unite them.
“What a journey together, my friend. 15 years! You have been by my side during the most important and memorable moments of my career. Together we have achieved the unattainable and I will forever be grateful for your friendship and dedication. You will always be my family and I can’t thank you enough for everything.”