World number two Novak Djokovic has dropped his entire coaching staff ahead of the Madrid Open without the exception of Marian Vajda, who has literally been with him for the better part of his career.
The 29-year-old Serbian International acknowledged that he will “forever be grateful” for their “friendship, professionalism and commitment to my career goals” but believes that this “shock therapy” will propel him to much better results.
According to a statement on the 12-time Grand Slam winner’s website, he and coach Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic had “mutually agreed to end their successful and long-term partnership.”
"Without their support I couldn't have achieved these professional heights, but we all felt that we need a change. 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,” the world number two who lost his number one spot to Andy Murray last year in November after being top for 28 months.
"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."
Djokovic has suffered a poor run of form since beating Murray at the Qatar Open in January before being eliminated out of the Australian Open later that month by Denis Istomin, who ranked 117 then in round two. The Serbian has since failed to progress to the least of a semi-final in the five events.
It should also be remembered that six-time Grand Slam winner, Boris Becker quit as Djokovic’s coach last year in December after a spell of three years.