Goran Ivanisevic says Novak Djokovic ‘goes crazy’ as he issues warning to new coach

World No.1 tennis star Novak Djokovic is looking for a new coach (Picture: Getty)

Goran Ivanisevic has warned Novak Djokovic’s new tennis coach that the Serbian can ‘go crazy’ and they may be left wondering ‘what’s going on’.

Djokovic ended his six-year spell with Ivanisevic last week and is seeking his next coach, with reports in Serbia even suggesting Andy Murray’s mum is an option.

Ivanisevic helped Djokovic double his total of Grand Slam singles titles but the duo clashed at various points in the latter stages of their partnership.

Speaking after last year’s French Open, Ivanisevic admitted the 24-time major champion ‘is not an easy guy’ and urged him to stop yelling at his own box.

Djokovic then massively kicked off at Ivanisevic et al at this year’s Australian Open, becoming furious at his team for ignoring him and not paying enough attention.

Following that Melbourne Park meltdown in his quarter-final clash against Taylor Fritz, Djokovic lost his next match in the semi-finals to Jannik Sinner.

The 36-year-old then decided to take some time away from the ATP Tour before returning at Indian Wells, suffering one of the worst defeats of his whole career.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during a press conference following his loss to Jannik Sinner of Italy in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Novak Djokovic suffered one of his worst-ever defeats at Indian Wells (Picture: AP)

That saw Djokovic split with Ivanisevic and his former coach has now sent a message to whoever decides to work with him next.

‘At the moment, Novak doesn’t need someone completely new, who is yet to get to know him,’ Ivanisevic told Sport Klub.

‘Let’s say 10 days pass, Novak ‘goes crazy’ and this new coach is left wondering what is going on.’

Novak Djokovic angrily gestures towards his box at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic lost his temper with Goran Ivanisevic in Melbourne (Picture: X)

Ivanisevic feels world No.1 Djokovic has already found the right man to be his next coach, Nenad Zimonjic.

‘I don’t know for how much longer Novak plans to keep on playing, but the perfect person is with him at the moment – Ziki,’ Ivanisevic added.

‘He is a great friend of mine, we went through a lot together and I love him. He has vast tennis knowledge, but what is most important – he knows Novak really well.

‘I have a theory – men from the Balkans can coach anyone, but only someone from this, our region can coach a Balkan player.

‘Marian [Vajda] is Slovak, we’re close and we know each other well. Boris [Becker] also worked well with Novak, but his tennis IQ is off the charts.

‘Ziki can help him tennis-wise. Novak does know everything already, but it will be refreshing for him to maybe hear the same thing from someone else, with a different approach. Ziki knows Novak’s mentality really well, they collaborated in the Davis Cup as well.’


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