Marian Vajda: ‘I’m sorry I was not at Australian Open, but watching Novak Djokovic win was a pleasure’

Marian Vajda has said he is sorry he was not with Novak Djokovic in Australia, but it was ‘a pleasure’ to watch him from a distance.

Vajda is Djokovic’s primary coach, although he sometimes shares travel duties with Goran Ivanisevic.

That meant he was not there in person to help Djokovic overcome injury to win a ninth Australian Open title last month, and he is sad he missed it.

“I was sorry I wasn’t there,” Vajda told “I will never forget when he won his first Melbourne title in 2008 and [the celebrations] going on in the locker room. I wish I was with him now.

“We were together in Marbella, in December. Two weeks of intensive training, fitness work.

“We worked on service, first and second. Also on the return, which is especially important in all matches.

“It was a pleasure to watch from a distance how everything was used in the final against Medvedev.”

The injury that Djokovic sustained in Australia may keep him out until clay season, meaning Vajda himself is unsure when he will be back by the Serbian’s side.

He has, however, confirmed he will be there for the French Open in May.

“We need to see what his calendar will look like,” Vajda said. “I think I will travel to Dubai to see him, and I will certainly be with him at Roland Garros.”

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