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Djokovic splits from coach in bid to regain his spark

 

By Robert Jones

Novak Djokovic has announced he has split from his long-term coaching team, saying he needs to "find the winning spark on the court again".

Coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic have mutually agreed to part company with the 12-time Grand Slam champion.

Vajda has been a mainstay of Djokovic's team since 2006 while Amanovic has been part of the World No.2's team for more than 10 years.

Gritsch, who introduced a sports science-based training schedule, was with the Serbian for eight years and following discussions about the 29-year-old's recent results and private issues of the three coaches, Djokovic has opted to make changes.

Djokovic has struggled since winning last year's French Open, losing in the third round at Wimbledon later that summer and suffering a second-round defeat at this year's Australian Open.

A statement from Djokovic said: "I am forever grateful to Marian, GG and Miljan for a decade of friendship, professionalism and commitment.

"Without their support I couldn't have achieved these professional heights. It was not an easy decision, but we all felt that we need a change.

"I want to continue raising my game and stamina. I am a hunter and my goal is to find the winning spark on the court again.

"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."

Djokovic will not make an immediate decision on their replacements.

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