Djokovic Parts Ways with Fitness Coach Ahead of French Open

Djokovic Parts Ways with Fitness Coach Ahead of French Open

Novak Djokovic, the 24-time Grand Slam champion, has parted ways with his long-time fitness coach, Marco Panichi. This latest shakeup in Djokovic's team comes ahead of the French Open, the second major of the season.

In a heartfelt message on social media, Djokovic expressed his gratitude for Panichi's contributions to his success. "We reached the summit, won titles, broken records," he wrote. "But most of all, I have enjoyed our most 'ordinary' days of training in and out of the gym."

Panichi's departure follows the recent split between Djokovic and his coach, Goran Ivanisevic. The Serbian star also made a change in management at the end of last season, replacing Edoardo Artaldi and Elena Cappellaro with Mark Madden.

Djokovic, who turns 37 in three weeks, is currently without a trophy in 2023. He skipped the Mutua Madrid Open and is expected to return to action next week in Rome. The Italian Open will provide Djokovic with an opportunity to fine-tune his game ahead of his Roland Garros title defense.

Despite his recent setbacks, Djokovic remains a formidable force on the ATP Tour. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and has won 93 career titles. However, he faces a significant challenge from Jannik Sinner, who is a viable threat to challenge for the top ranking.

Sinner, who withdrew from the Madrid quarterfinals with a right-hip injury, is expected to be a major contender in Rome and at the French Open. His results in these tournaments will have a significant impact on the race for the No. 1 ranking.

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