Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams at centre of tennis bombshell
Novak Djokovic is reportedly considering teaming up with Serena Williams and hiring her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Djokovic shocked the tennis world earlier this month when he announced he was parting ways with mentor Marian Vajda after 15 years.
Now, Serbian media is reporting that Djokovic is considering joining Mouratoglou's stable - with the Frenchman currently working with Williams and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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Reports claim Mouratoglou has emerged as a 'genuine contender' to coach Djokovic, with the 20-time grand slam champion on the hunt for a new mentor.
Earlier this week the Frenchman praised Djokovic and suggested the 34-year-old could win up to 30 grand slam titles by the end of his career.
"He can easily play for three or four more years because he is in excellent physical condition," Mouratoglou said.
"That could take him to 25 or 30 grand slam titles."
Mouratoglou has helped Williams win 10 of her 23 grand slam titles, as well as an Olympic gold medal, since joining forces with the American great in 2012.
He has also worked with Coco Gauff, Grigor Dimitrov and Jeremy Chardy in 23 years as a top coach.
Earlier this month, a statement on Djokovic's website said that he and Vajda "agreed to end their partnership" after last year's season-ending ATP Finals.
"Marian has been by my side during the most important and memorable moments in my career," Djokovic said.
"Together we have achieved some incredible things and I am very grateful for his friendship and dedication over the last 15 years.
"While he might be leaving the professional team he will always be family and I can't thank him enough for all he has done."
During Vajda's time with Djokovic, the Serbian star has also worked with coaches such as Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Radek Stepanek and Goran Ivanisevic.
Ivanisevic has been part of the team since 2019 and will continue to work with the 34-year-old Djokovic.
Djokovic and Vajda took a break in 2017 but reunited the next year.
"During my time with Novak, I have been lucky to watch him transform into the player he is today," Vajda said.
"I will look back on our time together with immense pride and am so very thankful for the success we have achieved.
"I remain his biggest support on and off the court and I look forward to new challenges."
Vajda had publicly criticised Djokovic's decision to play at the Tokyo Olympics last year before his bid for a calendar year Grand Slam was ended in the US Open final.
The rumour mill:
Patrick Mouratoglou nouveau coach de Novak Djokovic ?
based on my tweet, based on my reading Serbian press speculation, based on ... Mouratoglou complimenting Djokovic, as if that's extraordinary.
Welp.https://t.co/ADqRb24RWB via @WeLoveTennis
— C Kristjánsdóttir ●🐊 (@CristinaNcl) March 24, 2022
There's apparently rumor that Mouratoglou will be Novak's next coach. I think it'd be good tbh. He seems like the kind of coach who wants to win badly and has been very complimentary towards Novak. https://t.co/1pWzrJRpwZ
— 🐊 (@DjokovicFan_) March 24, 2022
Mouratoglou says Novak better than Rafa & Roger, has ability to win 30 GSs. He warned him to think carefully about who to appoint as new coach over the coming weeks/months to stand the best chance of breaking Nadal's record. Is Mouratoglou in the running? https://t.co/lAUmAcC49c
— NovakDjokovicUKFan - Linda🐊🦋🐺 #WeStandWithNovak (@DjokovicUk) March 25, 2022
Well I started wondering about it because he started talking more positively about Novak this year. So my thought once the news came out about Marian was that he was auditioning for the job.
— Fleur Brathwaite (@Fleurfie) March 24, 2022
Daniil Medvedev gunning for Djokovic's No.1 ranking
On Monday, Daniil Medvedev moved a step closer to reclaiming the World No.1 ranking from Djokovic with a 6-3 6-4 win over Pedro Martinez at the Miami Open.
Medvedev, who can replace Djokovic on top of the rankings if he reaches the semi-finals in Miami, fired down 14 aces, won 79% of his first-serve points and broke Martinez three times to secure victory in 84 minutes on Monday.
"I just felt like I had to be more consistent, and the more consistent one today would win," Medvedev said after reaching the fourth round.
"They are really slow courts here so playing against a Spanish (opponent) is not easy. I felt like we had a lot of rallies where he was bringing the pace down and I couldn't really do much.
"So I tried to serve well, to keep consistent, and I managed to do less errors in important points, and I think that was the key today."
Up next for the Russian, who lost his No.1 ranking after a surprise third-round loss at Indian Wells two weeks ago, will be Jenson Brooksby.
The American won 6-3 5-7 6-4 over Spanish 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
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