Novak Djokovic looks to have postponed his search for a new coach to replace Boris Becker, with whom he split after a three-year association. Marian Vajda, the Serb's longtime trainer, is likely to start the season as his head coach.
Serbian publication Telegraf reported that Nenad Zimonjic was the favourite to be appointed Djokovic's head coach, but according to Tennis World, a new appointment is unlikely to be confirmed before the start of the new campaign. The world number two will be keen to recapture his form in 2017 after struggling to win tournaments in the second half of 2016, which saw him lose his grip on the top spot in the rankings.
Djokovic won five titles at the start of the 2016 season including the Australian Open and the French Open for the first time to complete his career Grand Slam. However, he won just one more title at the Rogers Cup following his triumph at Roland Garros, which saw Andy Murray take over at the top of the ATP rankings following his win at the Paris Masters in November.
The 29-year-old 12-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed that he will start his 2017 campaign at the ATP 250 event in Doha before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open which begins on 16 January. Djokovic has begun preparations for the new campaign and revealed that he is looking forward to 2017 while sharing a picture with his entire team, including his wife, trainer and newly appointed mental 'guru' Pepe Imaz.
"New year, new goals, new energy! Grateful and excited to see what future brings. Greetings from Team Djokovic! See you in Doha!" the Serb wrote alongside the picture on his official Facebook page.