Novak Djokovic says he will 'keep going' after US Open win
Novak Djokovic has reportedly ended his long-term association with agent Edoardo Artaldi after winning a record 24th Grand Slam. Artaldi has worked with Djokovic since the aftermath of the Serb’s Australian Open triumph in 2008 – his first Grand Slam title.
However, Artaldi will supposedly no longer work as Djokovic’s manager and agent. That is despite their working relationship lasting for a mammoth 15 years.
The 36-year-old tennis ace is making changes to his team as he enters the twilight years of his career. It remains to be seen if Artaldi takes a different role.
Djokovic became the most decorated men’s tennis player earlier this month. Having been level on 23 Grand Slams with Rafael Nadal since his French Open title in June, Djokovic went one ahead of the Spaniard by winning at Flushing Meadows.
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According to Serbian tennis journalist Sasa Olmo, Artaldi will no longer be Djokovic’s agent and manager. It has not been ruled out that the Italian could take a separate role in the player’s team.
In 2017, Artaldi said of his relationship with Djokovic: “We try to be as professional as possible, but now our relationship is rather personal,” Artaldi said in an interview with SBS Italian.
“We live together 24/7 and these nine years together have been really intense. Sometimes we even pull each others’ ears.
“We basically live together. Elena [Cappellaro] and I try to create the atmosphere he needs, given how much time he spends around the world and away from his family.”
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Meanwhile, Djokovic has insisted he will ‘keep going’ after winning the US Open. Some fans feared he might choose to retire after winning the most Grand Slams of any men’s tennis player.
However, he says that he will prepare to ensure he is in prime condition for the Grand Slams every year. Djokovic promised: “I’m going to keep going. You know, I feel good in my own body. I still feel I’ve got the support of my environment, of my team, of my family.
“The Grand Slams, I have said in the last few years, have been always the highest goal and the priority of mine in the whole season. I don’t play as much in terms of other tournaments, so I try to prioritise my preparation so that I can peak in slams.
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