Marian Vajda named ATP Coach of The Year

Kachi Wachuku in Tennis News 19 Dec 2018
  • Vajda honoured with Coach of The Year at 2018 ATP World Tour awards  
  • Slovak guided Djokovic back to World No.1 after reuniting in Monte Carlo  
ATP coach of the year, Marian Vajda. (credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Slovakia's Vajda receives top coach honour at annual ATP World Tour awards 


Marian Vajda, head coach of Novak Djokovic has been named coach of the year at the 2018 ATP World Tour awards presented by Moet & Chandon. The 53-year old guided Djokovic back to World No.1 after reuniting at the Monte Carlo masters in April. The two re-joined forces, following a one-year split, and were an unstoppable force shortly after - winning titles at Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open and Shanghai. The Serb went on to reclaim the top ranking from rival Nadal at the Paris Masters, where he finished runner-up to young gun Khachanov.

"I would like to really dedicate this to all our team, said Vajda. "I am really glad that after coming back, he reached No.1 in the world," the Slovak said of his pupil's return to dominant form.

Coach Marian Vajda and Novak Djokovic during a training session prior to the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The season saw Djokovic achieve multiple milestones, he became the first player to reach World No.1 after being outside the Top 20 in the same season - a feat last achieved by Safin in 2000. The 31-year old also became the first male player to achieve the 'Career Golden Slam' by defeating Federer to win the Cincinnati Masters; this means Djokovic has now won all nine Masters 1000 trophies at least once in his career.

Vajda rejoined team Djokovic along with longtime fitness coach Gebhard Gritsch to start the European clay court swing. It wasn't long before their reunion began yielding dividends, with a seemingly rejuvenated Djokovic making the semi-finals in Rome (lost to Nadal), after starting the season with a 6-6 record and undergoing elbow surgery following the Australian Open. 

Their partnership has produced 14 Grand Slam titles, 32 Masters 1000 titles and five year-end no.1 finishes. Vajda was nominated and voted by fellow ATP coach members, other finalists were, Jan de Witt (coach of Nikoloz Basilashvili), Carlos Moya (coach of Rafael Nadal), Sabastian Prieto (coach of Juan Martin del Potro) and Simone Vagnozzi (coach of Marco Cecchinato).

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Marian Vajda named ATP Coach of The Year

Marian Vajda, coach of World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been named coach of the year at the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. He helped pupil Djokovic ascend to No.1 after reuniting at the Monte Carlo masters.

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