After this match had ended, Joker announced that his new coach is going to be Andre Agassi, the 8-time Grand Slam champion and one of the legends of the sport.
Agassi is a former world No 1 and had retired in 2006 from competitive tennis.
In January, Tom Allnutt of the Independent noted Agassi felt there was an opportunity for Andy Murray to pull away from the pack in 2017 similar to the way Djokovic did in recent years.
The pairing was first reported during the local broadcast of the Italian Open final, which Djokovic lost, 6-4, 6-3, to Alexander Zverev.
“We don’t have any long-term commitment”. Also, Novak was sacked and pumped to not only beat Dominic but to send the clear message to the rest of the Tour that he is back, just in time before the second Grand Slam of the season in Paris. “We’ll see what the future brings”, the 29-year-old Djokovic, who fell out of the top spot in the ATP rankings in November, said.
The World No 2, who has struggled for form since his shocking Third Round loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon last year, revealed the news shortly after losing the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia to 20-year-old Zverev 6-4, 6-3.
One by one though, they fell by the wayside – Dominic Thiem taking out Madrid championRafael Nadal, before running out of steam completely in his semi-final against Novak Djokovic. “I’m trying to get better and accomplish even more”.
The American’s experience, then, could help Djokovic as he negotiates the choppy waters he finds himself in. He has been through everything that I m going through.
Notably, Djokovic has said Agassi won’t be with him the whole time in Paris, and that their arrangement is open-ended.
Novak Djokovic has experienced a decline this season and he has made a decision to team up with tennis legend Andre Agassi to see if he can regain his form.
The 2017 French Open is scheduled to begin next Sunday, May 28, in Paris.
“Playing against Novak, one of the best players to ever play – it was an honour being on the court with you”, said Zverev.
“Anybody that knows me, knows that I think he should win everything all the time”, Agassi said in July.
“It was his call whether or not he wants to take that step and, you know, try to work with me”. Despite having not faced Zverev in the past, Djokovic will start as favourite to win a fifth crown in Italy.
Just when it was looking like Rafael Nadal was going to sweep the honours on clay this season, the 14-time Grand Slam victor was ousted by his familiar foe Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final last week at Rome Masters. “It was very important for me to be able to stay this aggressive and not let him take over the game”.