Djokovic names Agassi as coach at French Open
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:06
Djokovic has won only one of his last 11 tournaments and has lost to players ranked below him five times this season, including 20-year-old Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday.
Djokovic, who turns 30 on Monday, was the previous youngest Masters finalist, going all the way to the title in Miami as a 19-year-old in 2007.
Talking to CNN's Open Court in July, shortly after Djokovic was beaten in the third round of Wimbledon by American Sam Querrey, Agassi declared himself a fan of the Serb. We ll see what future brings. The 12-time men's singles Grand Slam champion admitted that he needed the change for the situation that he is in at the moment.
Next up is his defence of his title in the French capital, and Djokovic added: "He (Agassi) will not stay the whole tournament. He's going to stay only for a certain time, and then we'll see after that what's going to happen".
Djokovic has been without a coach since before the start of the Madrid Masters after he revealed that he will be parting ways with his entire coaching team, including his longtime coach Marian Vajda.
And now we have a new supercoach on the tour, stepping into the shoes vacated by Boris Becker at the end of previous year. "Unfortunately this week you didn't win, but I'm sure as we get closer to Paris you'll be one of the favorites for the title". On the court, he understands the game amazingly well.
Novak Djokovic had parted with his coaching staff earlier in the month.
In the semi-finals, world number two Djokovic was irresistible, hitting the ball hard, deep and wide at will, and given his current form, could very well make a bid for a second consecutive French Open title. "Yes, he has been away from the tour for last 10, 15 years, but speaking with him, he s been definitely following up closely all the matches, the big matches, especially on the TV".
Because of his work with children and his son's burgeoning baseball career, the Las Vegas-based Agassi hasn't been one of the so-called "super coaches" that have taken the sport by storm, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Amelie Mauresmo, Justine Henin and Becker among them.
He added: "With that being said, you've got to be doing it every day".
He split with co-coach Boris Becker last December after three years and the former champion sharply criticized Djokovic's lack of desire.