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Ivanisevic joins Team Djokovic for Wimbledon

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 1 Jul 2019
  • Djokovic announces former Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic will be joining his team for The Championships
  • Ivanisevic will work alongside Djokovic's long-time coach Marian Vajda
Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has added former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic to his coaching team as he prepares to defend his title at The Championships.

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Playing his first tournament since being knocked out of the French Open semi-finals by Dominic Thiem in five sets, Djokovic publicly revealed that Ivanisevic would be joining his setup for Wimbledon on Sunday.

"I am grateful to have Goran on my side of the net. We have agreed to collaborate at Wimbledon and hopefully many more in the future," Djokovic wrote on social media. "I am thankful to Marian for supporting the idea to invite Goran and strengthen our team ahead of this important tournament."

Ivanisevic famously won his one and only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2001 as a wildcard, defeating Patrick Rafter in a thrilling five-set final. The Croatian also reached the final at SW19 in 1992, 1994 and 1998.



Ivanisevic has worked with a number of players on tour in recent years, including guiding Marin Cilic to the 2014 U.S. Open title, along with brief partnerships with Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic.

"I have grown up watching and supporting Goran. Niki Pilic allowed me to be Goran’s ball boy during his preparation in Niki’s academy for the famous Wimbledon trophy in 2001," Djokovic added. "That was a dream come true for a young tennis player who looked up to Goran. Now we get to join forces in the quest here in London."

Djokovic has previously worked with Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, meaning Ivanisevic will be the third former Wimbledon champion the Serbian has had in his corner.



At this stage, Ivanisevic is only scheduled to be with Djokovic for the first week due to previously scheduled arrangements, but according to Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo, the Croatian is trying to change his plans in order to stay the entire fortnight.

“I am trying to move some of my previous obligations, but I'll probably be able to stay at Wimbledon just for the first week. Novak looks ready, his mind is clear - if everything is OK, I think he has a big chance to defend his title here,” Ivanisevic told Sportklub.

Djokovic begins his Wimbledon title defence on Monday as he launches Centre Court action against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the opening round.

Kohlschreiber is a former quarter-finalist at Wimbledon and famously beat Djokovic at Indian Wells earlier in the season.


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