Goran Ivanišević has joined the coaching team of world no.1 Novak Djoković ahead of the start of the Wimbledon.
Talking to SportKlub.hr, the former Wimbledon champion said he was surprised when he got the call.
It was a strange, unexpected call, it surprised me a little. I was just traveling to Sweden. I finished there yesterday, and today came to my first training session. I’m just going to be here for one week, because I have obligations which I’m trying to move, but again, that’s all. This is a huge recognition for me as a coach because Novak doesn’t choose coaches just like that, he needs to see that someone can help him. I am delighted that they’ve chosen me and I am happy that Marian (Vajda) is on board with it. First practice went really well and I hope that our collaboration will last. This is sort of “getting to know“ each other, although we know each other really well. We talked about my perception of his game, some tehnical details. We’ll work closely here and then we’ll sit down and see what happens next.
Ivanišević has previous coached Marin Čilić, Tomas Berdych and Miloš Raonić.
The world no.1 on Instagram also confirmed his partnership with former Wimbledon champion.
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. I am thankful to Marian for supporting the idea to invite Goran and strengthen our team ahead of this important tournament. 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 – 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. Idemooo