Novak Djokovic speaking with the press during the media day at Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday.
“It was not an easy decision, neither for my team nor for me”
“It was not an easy decision, neither for my team nor for me. This team has been there with me ever since I started a professional career. So it’s been 10 fantastic, successful years. But we all felt like we needed a change. We all felt like we needed to enter a new chapter. It was a mutual decision. We just accepted it in a very good way. We move on, excited, all of us to see what the next chapter of our career and life brings.
“The separation is in professional terms, not personal.”
“At the end of last season we talked about what the future would bring for us. We tried to work things out another time, but we just needed to move on. It was all in good spirits. I cannot be grateful enough to them for the sacrifice that they have made and the professionalism, the commitment, the friendship. We will continue to be in touch with each other for rest of our lives. The separation is in professional terms, not personal. We have achieved many things that we are proud of. “
“I needed some changes and I needed to approach things a little bit differently”
“When you start losing games you wonder what you are doing wrong and what you can do better. I’m focused on improving and being better. In the last six months, I haven’t had too many great results. That’s why I’ve felt like I needed some changes and I needed to approach things a little bit differently. Life always throws new challenges at you. Instead of avoiding them and ducking them, I’m trying to confront them and trying to embrace them. In the process, I’m trying to get better as a person and as a tennis player. How long this process is going to last before I get to the winning terms again, I don’t know. I’m just hoping I will get there again. That’s all I can say.”
“Difficult paths lead to beautiful destinations”
“It’s going to be someone that has been through similar experiences like I have. Not too many people in the past of tennis have managed to get to that stage and play at that level, so I’ll see. I’m thinking slowly and thoroughly about it. I don’t want to take things with a rush. I also know that I’ll not stay by myself without a tennis coach for too long. But again, I don’t wanna rush that. So really I’m in a kind of transition now. I’m comfortable where I am at the moment because I know that it’s the right thing to do, it’s the right place to stay and it was meant for me this way. I’m sure difficult paths lead to beautiful destinations, so I’m sticking with that.”