Saturday 19 August 2017

Agassi touted as new coach to re-ignite Djokovic

Djokovic: Out of form. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images
Djokovic: Out of form. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Simon Briggs

Andre Agassi is emerging as a surprise candidate to join Novak Djokovic's backroom team. Having announced a complete clear-out of his coaching and support staff last week, Djokovic hinted that he was looking for another so-called supercoach.

Until his departure at the end of last season, Boris Becker managed to improve Djokovic's conversion rate in Major finals. Now Agassi has all the credentials and experience to help Djokovic - the world No 2 and reigning French Open champion - in his quest to regain former glories.

Djokovic's agent, Edoardo Artaldi, said last night that no decision had yet been made.

But the process may be more advanced than Djokovic is acknowledging. It is understood that the departed members of his team - coach Marian Vajda, fitness trainer Gebhard Phil-Gritsch and physio Miljan Amanovic - knew their time was up a month ago.

Djokovic said on Sunday: "It (the next coach) is going to be someone that has been through similar experiences like I have. Not too many people in the past in tennis have managed to get to that stage and play at that level".

With his deep pockets - no tennis player in history has earned more than his $108m (€99m) prize-money - Djokovic is perfectly placed to attract a big name such as former world No 1 Agassi, who has devoted much of his retirement to setting up charter schools in the US.

Djokovic could offer the option of a consultant-type head coach role, which might involve only 10 to 12 weeks a year on the road.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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