Novak Djokovic’s turbulent start in 2022 took another turn on Wednesday when the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed he had split from his longtime coach Marian Vajda after last year’s ATP final.
Djokovic was expelled from the country on the eve of the Australian Open in January and lost his number one ranking to Russian Daniil Medvedev on Monday.
“Marian has been by my side during the most important and memorable moments of my career,” said 34-year-old Djokovic on his official website.
Djokovic started working with the Slovakian coach since he was a teenager in 2006, although they split for a year in 2017.
“Together we have achieved incredible things and I am very grateful for his friendship and dedication over the past 15 years.”
Vadja stopped working with Djokovic after the tour final in Turin in November.
He had not been seen as part of Djokovic’s backroom squad in Melbourne before the Serbian player was deported in a visa row due to his Covid vaccination status.
“During my time at Novak, I was lucky enough to see him turn into the player he is today,” said Vajda.
“I will look back on our time together with immense pride.”