Novak Djokovic splits with fitness coach in latest shakeup


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Novak Djokovic splits with fitness coach in latest shakeup

JOKER. Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semifinal match against Ben Shelton of the United States in the 2023 US Open.

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Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic continues to thin out his supporting cast, ending his partnership with fitness coach Marco Panichi shortly after parting ways with Croatian coach Goran Ivanisevic

World No. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic thanked his long-time fitness coach Marco Panichi for his years of service on Tuesday, April 30, signaling the end of their working relationship in the latest shakeup in the 24-time Grand Slam winner’s camp.

The Serb said last week that he was considering going without a coach after ending a five-year partnership with Croatian coach Goran Ivanisevic last month, following his early exit from Indian Wells.

The Italian Panichi joined Djokovic’s team as fitness coach in 2017.

“What amazing years of collaboration we’ve had. We reached the summit, won titles, broken records. But most of all, I have enjoyed our most ‘ordinary’ days of training in and out of the gym,” Djokovic wrote on Instagram.

“(Thank you) for all the energy, effort and time you invested in making me the best possible player and person I can be. Much love.”

Djokovic skipped the Madrid Open this year to focus on the Grand Slams and the upcoming Paris Olympics, but plans to compete in Rome. –

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