Djokovic and Ivanisevic split after winning 12 Grand Slam titles together

The world number one ends a hugely successful, seven-year partnership with coach Goran Ivanisevic.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with Goran Ivanisevic in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2021.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with Goran Ivanisevic after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final at the Australian Open in 2021 [File: Andy Brownbill/AP Photo]

World number one Novak Djokovic has ended his highly successful partnership with Croatian coach Goran Ivanisevic shortly before the clay season gets into full swing.

Ivanisevic, who claimed the singles title at Wimbledon in 2001 after finishing runner-up in 1992, 1994 and 1998, joined Djokovic’s team in 2018 and helped the 36-year-old win 12 Grand Slam titles.

“Goran and I decided to stop working together a few days ago,” 24-time major champion Djokovic said on Wednesday in an Instagram post with a picture of himself and Ivanisevic playing a board game.

“Our on-court chemistry had its ups and downs, but our friendship was always rock solid. In fact, I’m 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. Sefinjo, thanks for everything my friend. Love you.”

Djokovic failed in his bid to win a record 25th Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January when he lost 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3 to Jannik Sinner in the semifinals.

The Serb pulled out of the ongoing Miami Open to limit the number of events he plays this year. That decision came after a shock third-round loss to Luca Nardi at Indian Wells.

Djokovic will gear up for the clay season as he bids to claim a fourth title at the French Open, which will take place from May 26 to June 9.

Source: News Agencies