“Reduce the Number of Tournaments”: Novak Djokovic’s Coach Reveals Schedule After Australian Open 2021 Triumph

Published 03/03/2021, 7:07 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks with coach, Marian Vajda during practice ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters at AccorHotels Arena on October 27, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the most celebrated players in the men’s game. However, the man who transformed the young Serb into a machine-like player is Marian Vajda. In 2006, the former Slovak tennis player took up the task of coaching Novak and the rest is history.

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Recently, Marian spoke about Novak’s recent performance at the Australian Open. He regrets not being beside him while the Serb lifted his 18th Grand Slam title. He gave an insight into the preparations prior to Novak’s departure to Australia and was content that his training came to use in the final of the tournament.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with his coach Marian Vajda during a training session prior to the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on on November 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Marian Vajda: “Was a pleasure to watch Novak Djokovic from this distance”

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The 55-year-old coach said, “I was sorry I wasn’t there. I will never forget when he won his first Melbourne title in 2008 and what was going on in the locker room. I wish I was with him now. We were together in Marbella, during December.

“Two weeks of intensive training, fitness work. We worked on service, first and second. Also on the back, which is especially important in all matches. It was a pleasure to watch from this distance how he used it all in the final against Medvedev.”

Vajda also confirmed his presence in the Djokovic camp at Roland Garros, scheduled later this year.

The Slovak provided an update regarding the 33-year-old’s schedule for the season ahead, citing Djokovic will lessen the number of tournaments.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
 
Novak’s head coach, Marian Vajda, further added, “We need to see what his calendar will look like. I’m worried about reports of his injury. We will certainly reduce the number of tournaments. His health must be most important to us. I think I will travel to Dubai to see him, and I will certainly be with him. at Roland Garros.”
 
(Quotes have been translated via Google)

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After the Australian Open, Djokovic may play at the Dubai Open 2021. After that, he is scheduled to play at the Miami Open later in March. He is the most successful player in the current era, winning the tournament previously on six occasions. 
 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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