Rumor is Novak Djokovic might tap countryman and Davis Cup teammate Nenad Zimonjic to be his next coach, that’s what some in Serbian press are reporting.
The news comes less than a week after Djokovic split with Boris Becker with no hint of a replacement.
The 40-year-old Zimonjic is, however, still an active doubles player on the ATP. He’s currently ranked No. 61 and earlier this year teamed with Djokovic in doubles at the Rio Olympics. So like Dusan Vemic did previously, might Zimonjic help Djokovic part-time while still playing, or would Djokovic require his next coach to be off the tour?
Two years ago during the ATP Finals, Djokovic glowingly spoke about his relationship with Zimonjic.
“Nenad is a dear friend of mine and somebody that has helped me when I was developing into a professional player,” Djokovic said. “Actually, when I was 13, 14, I was practicing with the same coach at that point, Bogdan Obradovic, he was the Davis Cup captain, he was his coach. At that time I was also practicing in Belgrade whenever I was there with Bogdan, and Nenad would hit with me a few times already.
“Already at that time he was at that time one of the top doubles players. So for me that was an experience, a learning experience, and obviously something I respected a lot. We have a relationship for a long time. He did always help with his advices. He was always there to play, to talk, whatever is necessary. I never forget that.”
For now, Djokovic has Marian Vajda in his camp when his season begins in Doha in three weeks.
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