Novak Djokovic Likely to Take up a New Role for Team Serbia at ATP Cup 2022

Published Dec 15, 2021 | 5:30 AM EST

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After a spectacular 2021 season where Novak Djokovic firmly cemented himself as the best player in the world, fans might see him take up a new position in the next ATP Cup 2022. Viktor Troicki, Serbia’s head coach, is reportedly not going to travel to Australia. As a result, there are speculations that Djokovic could serve as Serbia’s head coach for the tournament.

The fundamental reason for this is that if no coach is available, the best-ranked tennis player in singles is entitled to take over. If Djokovic does not accept the post, his coach Goran Ivanisevic will be getting the opportunity to lead Team Serbia.


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Novak Djokovic might become the new head coach of Team Serbia

The World No. 1 is currently charging up for the next season’s ATP Cup, starting from 1st January in Sydney, Australia. However, the tennis fraternity might witness Novak Djokovic in a new role during the competition. With Viktor Troicki not planning to go to Australia, Djokovic might be getting into the shoes of Troicki.

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“As a head coach at this competition, I don’t get asked much and I don’t believe that I will go. The coach does not decide anything, because the first and second automatically play singles, there are no changes. I don’t decide anything. I am not going, for now,” Viktor Troicki said.


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In addition, Novak Djokovic’s participation in the ATP Cup will not be affected if he chose to prepare for the new responsibility. He is qualified to serve as both Serbia’s head coach and as a player for the country.

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What if Djokovic doesn’t accept this post?


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If Novak Djokovic wishes to reject the new role, his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, will be promoted as the new coach of Team Serbia. Goran Ivanisevic is a former Croatian professional tennis player with a career-high ranking of World No. 2. He lifted his only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2001.

In July 2019, Novak Djokovic added Ivanisevic to his coaching team. The Serb is also taking coaching classes from Marian Vajda, one of the most successful tennis coaches in the history of tennis.

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It’ll be interesting to see what Novak Djokovic decides for himself. Will the world see him as the new head coach of Team Serbia?


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Atri Bhatt


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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.
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