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Novak Djokovic Sacks Coach



Serbian tennis great, Novak Djokovic, Friday took a surprised decision as he sacked his entire coaching crew.
More bizarre was also the decision of the 12-time Grand Slam winner to part way with Marian Vajda who is reported to have been with him almost through his entire career.
Djokovic called his decision “shock therapy” as he seeks to rebuild his career. He will therefore be on tour alone without his technical assistants. This he will continue to do until he finds the right coach.
Earlier, his former coach of three years, Boris Becker who was a six-time Grand Slam winner, parted with Novak Djokovic last December.
The Serb, who is World number two, competes next at the Madrid Open. A statement on Djokovic’s website said he and coach Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic had “mutually agreed” to “end their successful and long-term partnership”.
Djokovic said he would be “forever grateful” for their “friendship, professionalism and commitment to my career goals”.
“Without their support I couldn’t have achieved these professional heights, but we all felt that we need a change,” he added.
“My career was always on the upward path and this time I’m experiencing how it is when the path takes you in a different direction.
“I want to find a way to come back to the top stronger and more resilient. I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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