Djokovic Splits Up With Longtime Coaching Team

“I want to continue raising the level of my game and stamina and this is a continuous process. I enjoy this journey, it feels like I am starting something new again and I love this challenge. I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again”, said Novak.

“I feel like this is a new chapter in my life. 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 have so much faith in this process and that’s why I will take time to find the right person who I can connect with professionally. I have been on the tour long enough to know how to manage daily routines and I don’t want to rush my decision. I will be on the tour alone for a while with support of my family and management. I will inform the public when I find the right person, but for now I thank you for your support and understanding”, concluded Djokovic.

After splitting up with Becker at the end of last year Djokovic is now also ditching the team who seems to have been with him since the beginning. I think it makes sense given that he has struggled more recently since when he first rose to the top of men’s tennis.

There is plenty of surprise and dissatisfaction among tennis fans but I think Djokovic has deserved the right to make decisions without people questioning it since he won the personal slam and became one of the all-time greats.

Why should you be predictable and care what others think anyway? Successful people don’t do what others expect of them and they don’t play it safe. If they did what others do or what is expected they wouldn’t be any different from the rest, would they?

Djokovic is now one of the all-time greats and he can afford to take some more risks. When things are not working what do you have to lose anyway? He is making the change at quite an important time for him which is somewhat surprising but I’m sure he thought it over and did what he thought was best.

Mostly I like this decision because it shows he cares. He is not satisfied with the way things are going and he won’t rest until he has found his best tennis again. Tennis fans are always talking about how he ‘doesn’t care’ anymore and although I never bought into that kind of talk I do sometimes wonder how motivated he still is.

Djokovic is not easy to read which is part of why I’m a fan. I think he is still as motivated as ever but he is going through a slump like all tennis players do. He is only 29 and reached his peak only a couple of years ago.

No one knows the future but there is no reason he should not have plenty of years left at the top winning slams and breaking records. Federer’s peak was 2004-2007 and he is still winning slams in 2017. Djokovic obviously wants to make a new beginning and is thinking long term.

If he wasn’t still highly motivated and didn’t think he had much time left I don’t think he would have made this big a step. It’s like he is starting a whole new chapter and although I’m not expecting instant results I’m pretty excited!

  • Madrid Draw

As you can see Djokovic and Nadal are in the same half again as in Monte Carlo. Hopefully, this time they actually meet and I think there is a decent chance of that happening. Djokovic’s draw is not that hard while Nadal has Kyrgios in his section.

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21 Comments

  1. What do u think of pepe Imaz ?And When Will ferrer or Berdych win a Grand Slam ?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think Imaz is a kind of scapegoat for Djokovic’s troubles. Djokovic wouldn’t keep him around if he thought he was a bad influence. Tennis fans just can’t accept that all players go through ups and downs I guess.

    Ferrer or Berdych will never win a slam.

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  2. Ruan write an article about Nadal’s performance versus Kyrgios. Quite suspicious stamine from what he showed vs Fognini. The script is followed so far. The old guys must win at least 1st 2 slams this year and Djokovic must be stopped by meeting Delpo and/or Kirgios in same tournaments and in earlier rounds. The way thungs go Fed can improve further his master titles count and slams as well. Nadal too. Djokovic should have not fired anyone since Delpo/Kirgios type of players can beat anyone in a single match. A guy like Istomnin also had a reason to play such tennis at AO only and vs Djoko.
    Is amazing how shy Murry’s game looks as N1- as if he’s been careful not break the plot…
    I know you follow “tennis purist blog” and Nadal’s performance is well worthy been commented by both blogs.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I stay away from the doping talk Toni because we have no proof and a lot of it is just speculation by angry fans from another base. Djokovic is going through a slump and Murray is a poor number one. Nothing abnormal about that.

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  3. Is There any Possibility Of Murray And Djokovic to ReTire Before Federer And Goat Nadal?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Anything is possible. Goat Nadal may play into his fifties the way he is going now and live forever.

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    Rahul Reply:

    Nadal Cant simply be Defined as A Clay court speciliast.He didnt had Great Results In 15 16 only at the Grandslams. Nadal Is also A Wimbledon Great He reached the finals In 06,7 ,11 And Won In 8 ,10 .In Australian Open He regularly managed to reach quarters and was Runner up thrice and Won Once.In those Three Runner ups He was Up a Break In the Fifth Set.He had a great run from 2008 to 13 in The Us open.Despite missing wim in 2009 He manged to reach semis to only been beated by The.champion Del potro.He won in 2011 Lost in the final of 11 and won Again in 2013(That was the Best Match For me After Djoko Wawrinka In French15).Nadal isnt a Poor Indoor player its is just that in the finals he lost to Two greatest indoor players of all time.He hasnt won miami But has reached the finals For a number of times.His enormous success At clay cannot deny the success on other courts

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Why do you change your name? I can see from your email that you are the same person as ‘rk’. Anyway, I never defined Nadal as simply a clay court specialist. Don’t know where you got that from.

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  4. Hi Ruan,
    Novak vs Rafa 50th meeting…What’s Ur take on this semifinal?
    Hope you make a post on this…
    Vivek Dhayaal

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi Vivek, I was sick so I’m not making a post yet. Maybe later today or tomorrow. I made a post on FB.

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    B.Jay Reply:

    I guess we can say Nadal pulled a Federer over Djokovic this time. Strange season…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How did Nadal pull a ‘Federer’ over Djokovic, ‘B.Jay’?

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    B.Jay Reply:

    I was implying beating someone who had your number fairly easily. But both players’ current form makes the result a bit less unexpected.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sorry, I guess your name threw me off and made me think you were taking the piss. Is ‘B. Jay’ your real name or did you make it up?

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    B.Jay Reply:

    Most people call me that (blame my folks for starting the trend), and yeah I get ‘that’ a lot.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ha our folks tend to start trends, don’t they? I apologize for my overreaction again. I feel like an idiot 😳

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    B.Jay Reply:

    Needless to mention, all’s well with the world when Rafa’s eating his dirt this good anyway. :D

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cool. I feel better now :D

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    Vivek Dhayaal Reply:

    Thanks Ryan!
    I searched and found this link. Hope it’s the right one!
    https://m.facebook.com/TheUltimateTennisBlog/

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    Vivek Dhayaal Reply:

    Sorry typo! Autocorrect blues!
    Thanks Ruan

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    Ru-an Reply:

    YW. I had the link in my sidebar but there was supposed to be a widget. FB change these things all the time. I fixed it now you can see the FB widget.

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