Written by Chase Dost
Director of Racquet Sports/Head Coach
Vladimir is a former top ranked player and a junior champion of Serbia, NCAA Division 1 player for a Championship team at the University of Florida, a professional player who competed on the ATP Tour for more than 16 years and a Davis Cup player for Serbia alongside Novak Djokovic. Vladimir graduated from the University of Florida where he played at the top of the lineup. During his collegiate career he was ranked as high as number 1, made the NCAA tournament first team and SEC tournament team, was SEC player of the week, and made Dean’s list as well as academic honor roll. He held a professional ranking at the age of 16 and throughout his career, he won 5 professional titles, competed in the biggest events in the world, and reached ATP ranking 192/368 singles and doubles. Throughout his career he competed against, and holds wins over, some of the best players in the world like Mariano Puerta (ATP 5 and French Open finalist), John Isner (ATP 8), Jiri Vesely (ATP 35), Kei Nishikori (ATP 4), Ryan Harrison, Janko Tipsarevic, Benjamin Becker, Sergeiy Stakhovsky, Dusan Lajovic and many more.
Vladimir comes from the same tennis club in Serbia that produced numerous professional players and he trained under the same developmental program as some of the greatest players in the history of tennis like Novak Djokovic. Upon Vladimir’s retirement from professional tennis, he transitioned into a new role as a coach, hitting partner, and adviser to some of the best players on tour. The list of clients he worked with includes Jelena Jankovic (WTA 1), Ana Ivanovic (WTA 1 and Grand Slam winner), Sabine Lisicki (Wimbledon Finalist), Andrea Petkovic (WTA 9), Ivo Karlovic (ATP 14), and Natalia Vikhlyantseva (WTA 54). In the past several years, Vladimir coached a number of junior players who became nationally ranked, received athletic scholarships into some of the most prestigious universities in the USA, reached the Orange Bowl Finals, and won Eddie Her. His proven training process, along with his work ethic, is being implemented into his academy in Orlando.
Vladimir is USPTA Level 1 Elite Professional, USTA Safe Play Coach, USTA ROGY and High Performance Coach and ATP/WTA Touring Coach.