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Who Will Be Djokovic’s New Coach After the Abrupt Split With Ivanisevic?

Djokovic Is Parting Ways With Ivanisevic After Winning 12 Grand Slams in 6 Years

Latest Tennis Divorce

Tennis rumors have been circulating in recent weeks as to Novak Djokovic’s availability to compete in the French Open at Roland Garros in May. But what many never anticipated was his sudden decision to part ways with long-time coach, Goran Ivanisevic. Speculation is now rampant as to who will replace him and when.

 

Who Will Be Djokovic’s New Coach After the Abrupt Split With Ivanisevic?
Serbia's Novak Djokovic and coach Goran Ivanisevic/Paul Crock / AFP

What Now?

Stunning tennis news out of the camp of Novak Djokovic came on Wednesday when the tennis legend announced on Instagram that he and his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, have decided to call it quits.

Goran and I decided to stop working together a few days ago. Our on court chemistry had its ups and downs, but our friendship was always rock solid. In fact, I am proud to say (not sure he is 🤪) that apart from winning tournaments together, we also had a side battle in Parchisi going on… for many years. And – that tournament never stops for us. Šefinjo, thanks for everything my friend. Love you.

 

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The switch to Ivanisevic in 2018 yielded spectacular results, manifesting in four Australian Open titles, four Wimbledon titles, two French Open titles, and two US Open titles. With Ivanisevic at his side, Djokovic doubled his career Grand Slam titles from 12 to 24 and now holds the record in that category.

 

But 2024 has not been a good one as Djokovic bowed to Alex de Minaur in the quarterfinals of the United Cup followed by a gritty, albeit surprising, loss to talented upstart 22-year-old Jannik Sinner in the Australian Open final. But it was Djokovic’s most recent third-round loss to unheralded Italian Luca Nardi at Indian Wells that may have sealed Ivanisevic’s fate.

Many believe that the tennis icon’s advanced age, nearly 37, and a series of injuries have more to do with his recent failures than a lack of coaching. The tennis divorce seems as though it was amicable and, according to Djokovic, the decision was mutual.


However, now that the split is official, several names are being circulated as to Djokovic’s next coach. Money is certainly no object as Djokovic’s net worth is rumored to be roughly $240 million but many coaches are already engaged with players on the Tour.

However, an opportunity to work with arguably the greatest to ever grace the court may be too tempting to turn down. As Ivanisevic famously said upon learning of Djokovic’s interest in hiring him, “when Djokovic calls, it’s like Real Madrid calling.

Marian Vajda and Boris Becker have both worked with Novak in the past while former adversaries, Andy Roddick, and Tomas Berdych, are also possibilities. The rumor mill will continue until Djokovic makes his highly-anticipated decision.

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