“Sharing Every Moment”: Coach Marian Vajda Divulges Working Culture With Goran Ivanisevic and Novak Djokovic

Published 07/16/2021, 5:56 AM EDT
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 has arguably been the most dominant sportsperson this season. After conquering the first three Grand Slam events this season, the Serb looks poised to claim the final Major at the US Open later this year. 

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Recently, coach Marian Vajda spoke on his rapport with Goran Ivanisevic as they are part of the Novak Djokovic camp. He reveals the manner in which both of them coordinate regarding different aspects of their pupils’ development. He also credits the Serbian ace for being a positive person.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

The 56-year-old coach stated, “First of all, as a team, we are sharing every moment: preparation for matches, analysis, but not only that, we share passion, private things with our families as well. Novak is an amazing guy because he always brings positive energy. It is a blessing really to be a part of this team.”

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Balancing act in Novak Djokovic’s duties

Marian explains that although he may not be present with Novak physically, he is yet updated with all the details of him. He mentioned the manner in which he and Goran switch duties. However, the one present with Djokovic at the tournament is the one being the bridge in their communication.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with Goran Ivanisevic after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs

The Slovak further added, “As for the Slams, Goran and I communicate on a daily basis – voicemails, messages, etc. The day before the match, on the day of the match, every day. The coach who is present at the time is the one giving the final information to Novak – Goran now at Wimbledon, me at the French Open. It is only logical because when you are there, you know everything that is happening around the tournament and in the tournament.”

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Coming to Novak, he recently confirmed that he will be part of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. After being in the best form of his life, it would be hard to disregard World No. 1 star from winning the Gold Medal this year. After that, he’ll compete in the North American region, with his focus on the US Open 2021. 

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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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