World No.2 Novak Djokovic said that he could have a coach by the time French Open starts on 22nd May.
Djokovic, the 12-time Grand Slam Champion, parted ways with his longtime coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic last week in order to get back his winning spark which has been lacking since he won the French Open in the middle of the last year.
“It was not an easy decision, but we all felt that we need a change. I am forever grateful to Marian, GG and Miljan for decade of friendship, professionalism and commitment to my career goals. Without their support I couldn’t have achieved these professional heights,” Djokovic mentioned pointing at the unbreakable bond that they’d built over the years.
Djokovic said he was in no hurry to fill the empty spot. “I will take time to find the right person who I can connect with professionally.”
“I’m going to think about who I want in my team,” said the 29-yr old Serbian.
“Right now I don’t have anyone yet, but I think by the French Open or after the French Open I (am) already going to have someone.”
Since parting ways with his coaching team, Djokovic has managed to get the better of Nicolas Almagro and win his first match 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in the 2nd round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.
In the last week the Serb had also reiterated his intention of following his inclination towards hiring a highly successful former player and it was rumored that Andre Agassi, the 8-time Grand Slam champion, might be the possible successor to Vajda.
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Reflecting on the rumors Djokovic responded “I guess it’s normal that people start coming up with names. I can’t talk more than that.”
“I would like to have ideally someone who fits into the profile of a person that was kind of in my shoes before, that has been winning Grand Slams,”
“There are not too many of those kind of champions in the history of the sport.”