Novak Djokovic has always been a stickler for discipline when it comes to his fitness. Post the Wimbledon win this year, the Serb has chosen to make changes in his team, yet again. Novak has re-welcomed fitness coach Marco Panichi this time and replaced Gebhard Phil Gritsch. Panichi and Djokovic are familiar with each other as they worked in two seasons previously, in parts.
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The 32-year-old Serbian Champ appears determined with revamping his game and desires to continue his winning hunger on the court. Though, the Italian high-level fitness trainer is not a new face because he did work with him in 2018.
During an Interview then, with Tennis Italiano, Panichi had revealed about how they got associated and said: “His management approached me during the Monte Carlo Masters where I was helping Bolelli and Gianessi.”
He further added. “They wanted to understand what my situation was and if, from my side, there was an availability to start a journey together.
During the same time, Novak had already split with his previous fitness team. Panichi added: “Then we spoke about it again at Roland Garros and we have been working in Monte Carlo”. According to Marco Panichi: “Novak has been clear since the beginning he wants exclusivity and a consistent commitment, as well as he does”.
Gebhard Phil Gritsch worked with Novak from 2009 to 2017 but the Serb ended his partnership with him and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic after Monte Carlo masters. He decided to make these changes then for the “shock therapy” move, saying: “I am forever grateful to Marian, GG, and Miljan for a decade of friendship, professionalism, and commitment to my career goals,” he added: Without their support, I couldn’t have achieved these professional heights. I know they completely dedicated themselves and their lives to help me achieve my dreams and they were always my driving force and wind in my back”.
The 2019 Wimbledon Champ had further added: “But, “I want to continue raising the level of my game and stamina and this is a continuous process,” The Serbian continued: “I enjoy this journey, it feels like I am starting something new again and I love this challenge. I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again.”
From the player who underwent frequent meltdowns on the court to become the world number one, the secret for constantly bouncing back was changing his fitness techniques and routine. History repeats itself they say. And for the second time if he has got back with Marco Panichi, then he has aspirations to stay resilient. With the Cincinnati Masters, The World Number 1 is expected to make a power-packed return.