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Novak Djokovic admits he does not ‘have a clear idea’ on his next coach

Novak Djokovic announced earlier this week that he would be parting ways with Goran Ivanisevic, but the world No.1 does not know if he will be appointing another coach.

Djokovic and Ivanisevic had worked together since June 2019, winning 10 Grand Slam titles and seven Masters 1000 crowns during their partnership.

Despite their working relationship coming to an end, Djokovic has declared that their personal relationship is still very much present, “First of all, Goran is my friend for life, mine and of my family’s. He is a very dear person to me, the end of our professional collaboration doesn’t mean that our friendship stops.

“Our separation has been positive, as positive as a separation can be. We have come to a point where we’ve exhausted our cooperation after almost five years.”

Djokovic added, “Together, we’ve written history of our sport, we have won Slams, ended seasons as number one in the world, but we went through trials and tribulations as well – disqualification at the US Open, deportation from Australia… I will always remember that he was there for me as a person, as a human being, first and foremost, and that he brought the right set of values into our relationship. That kind of chemistry was followed by great results. I wish Goran all the best.”

Many have speculated over who Djokovic’s next coach may be, but the Serbian admitted that he does not know if there will be another coach.

“I still don’t have a clear idea who a new coach would be, or whether there will be one at all,” revealed Djokovic. “I’ve had coaches since I was a kid, now I am trying to feel by myself what I need, what I feel most comfortable with. You will be informed in case someone joins the team.”

Djokovic elected to skip the Miami Open this week after suffering a shock early defeat at Indian Wells, and is scheduled to return to the ATP Tour on the clay of Monte Carlo next month.

Inside the baseline…

Novak Djokovic and Goran Ivanisevic’s split came as a shock to many, but it is nice to see that it was purely a working decision and there appears to be no bad blood between the pair. Djokovic is at an unusual stage in his career now, especially having lost at the Australian Open for the first time since 2018. However, the world No.1 also does not seem to be at a stage where he is ready to retire yet, as he is still the top ranked player in the world and won three majors last year.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.