Novak Djokovic: It Feels Like A New Chapter, It Feels Exciting
by Tom Gainey | May 27th, 2017, 4:08 pm
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With a new clothing sponsor and a new coach in Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic says he’s starting a new chapter in his pro career, and he feels really good about it.

“It feels like a new chapter,” Djokovic said Friday during the French Open media day. “The change that I have experienced in the last three, four weeks, separating with the team that I was with for ten years and now kind of creating a new team, creating a new vibe, feels exciting.

“It feels right at this moment because I was struggling a little bit on the court over the last five, six months, trying to redefine myself and rediscover what kind of approach is the right one.

“We all felt we needed a change, we needed to go our separate ways. So right now, I feel much better on the court.”

Djokovic revealed that he first got in touch with Agassi because the American was by his side when few were.

“In the latest period where I was not as successful and where I received a lot of criticism from many sides, he was one of the people, few people that was actually standing on my side and supporting me,” Djokovic said. “So I appreciate that very much, and I wanted to thank him in person, and over the phone. It turned out to be a long conversation, and that’s where it all started.”

Djokovic (with Agassi) begins his title defense Monday against Marcel Granollers.

“Andre’s someone that inspires me a lot,” he added. “That’s one of the things I felt like I needed. New inspiration, someone that knows exactly what I’m going through on the court, off the court.

“He’s been through all these transitions, he has been in my shoes before playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world. I’m very excited for him being here, because it’s a great opportunity for me to learn. It’s a great opportunity for me to grow together with him.”


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30 Comments for Novak Djokovic: It Feels Like A New Chapter, It Feels Exciting

Wog Boy Says:

Nole, “batali pricu, ponavljas se covece, puk’o si, zatrovali su ti mozak”, this is what you need to start with, no “trange frange, hokus pokus” solutions, real world, real life, real food:

https://youtu.be/5HYUCMy4ob8


Wog Boy Says:

And for desert you have this:

https://youtu.be/rOXn1pzbXdY

GOOO back to your roots Nolee, give Pepe to me, I have special, fancy, concrete shoes for him, very suitable for Pacific Ocean…he is going even to beat Harold Holt’s (Aussie Prime Minister) diving record…


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:

First signs of madness – talking to yourself. Ahem, ahem!


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
I am ok with that (I was and am always borderline…but who is not?), at least I have one response, not any response, this one is from the person I respect, you.


chrisford1 Says:

I believe poor PM Holt ended up as a great white’s din din. And the only deep diving involved was pieces and parts of him falling to the bottom, then the shark poo he became dropping down into the depths later.
Moderate politics people in other nations have to be a bit envious. If only their Hugo Chavezes, Erdoygens, corrupt Hillarys and Rousseaus could be gobbled by sharks. It would be inspiring!

And for the last 6 or so months of his vegan diet weakened loserhood, Djokovic has been saying how happy and inspired he is and how he can’t wait to win again. Now Andre is his inspiration. We shall see how he fares.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,
You wouldn’t believe, but one of the theories was that “bad” Russians kidnaped him, nevertheless it is still world record, he divided in 1967 and still diving, but I bet my house, when I drop Pepe he’ll beat HH record.

This one is for JK, one hour south of Sydney, Southern Highlands, beautiful place, one and only Scotish festival, if you ever decide to come here I’ll give you free guided tour, you won’t regret, this is sneak peek:

https://youtu.be/iuDgbmdjqDs


Wog Boy Says:

^^
Scottish festival


Wog Boy Says:

Navdeep, you don’t need telegraph to tell you that Rafa is winning this one, only injury can stop him and I hope and pray it won’t be any.
I’ll cheer him for Wimbledon and USO too, to take the place he deserves to have, best ever!


Willow Says:

Many thanks for the link Navdeep, hope he does it ….


sanju71 Says:

Well said WB. Cheers!

I think Nole will surprise and have a good run.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:

Wonderful – and so authentic….as soon as my parents stopped forcing me to compete for Highland dancing medals, I started to enjoy these festivals – there’s still similar around where I live and many more elsewhere.

As for me visiting Aussie – I can’t even visit France at the moment – my passport is hiding deep in bulging cupboards – but I thank you for your kind invite. Who knows what I’ll do, not me yet. Next Spring I decide whether I’m staying where I am or moving…meanwhile my immense skills (ha ha) have been called for – so I’m off again to Argyll in a week.


Navdeep Says:

Thanks Willow, it would really be an astonishing achievement if Rafa does it, sorry when Rafa does it.


Willow Says:

Navdeep lol hell yeah ;-) ….


Willow Says:

^Hope Novak kept the trophy nice, clean, and shiny ready to be returned, its only on loan lol ^ ….


Navdeep Says:

Rafa is very strict on getting his loan back, just ask Roger lol


chrisford1 Says:

Roger had the officials wipe the slobber off the bitemarkswhen he got it, kept it in good shape. Then Stan had to wipe the slobber off himself since he is NOT Roger Federer, but kept the thing dry and well cared for. Novak was happy with how Stan left it. I am not worried about Rafa rebiting it and smearing saliva and stuff on it…..But in Novak retains it by some miracle, I will try not to look if he drenches the trophy in tears and calls for the audience to hug one another and eat their organic bean sprouts – if any…


chrisford1 Says:

I think J-Kath should take WN up on a tour. If not the Highland Games commemorating all the drunken and debt-ridden Celts that have been Aussies since Botany Bay onwards – some other time. Not including the summer Downunder roast oven.


J-Kath Says:

Chrisford 1

You sound like you need a lot of help -


chrisford1 Says:

Waah, no smile at the end?
I admit it, Scots-Irish folk, including me – have large reservoirs of bravery, brains, rep for fighting for honor, literary and artistic abilities, and a mostly proud history of ancestors with great fondness for alcohol. We need help a lot.

It is a well known truth that few, if any people of any ethnicity can outdrink a person who is someone of longtime white Aussie origin.
The secret is natural selection. Those heavy drinkers sent there with strong livers and high alcohol tolerance survived to reproduce and raise kids. Those who lacked these core Aussie qualities did not. Think of Australia as a larger Galapagos…..


autoFilter Says:

Longtime white Aussie origin? 240 years, you mean? Yeah, just like the Galapagos… Was this a joke I didn’t get?


autoFilter Says:

Longtime white Aussie origin? 240 years, you mean? Yeah, just like the Galapagos… Was this a joke I didn’t get?


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy….Thanks for the support of Rafa! Of course I realize if it gets down to a Rafa/Novak match you will be for Novak and rightfully so…..but 10 would be special…. Theim might have other ideas…he’s been playing well. I’m on holiday as Europeans say and I’m in Burlington, Washington tonight… went to Vancouver, BC. A beautiful place but lots of sad sights….so many homeless people and so many laying around on the streets all drugged up…..pitiful…..so sad…..missing Oklahoma baaaad! We spent 2days in Fresno California and got our purses stolen lost everything…..except money it was in the hotel room …cellphone medical cards DL credit cards….all gone!! But we have recovered…cancelled everything and got a new Iphone 7plus!!! Oh well….crap happens!


J.S. Says:

Would love a Djokovic/Nadal SF? or will it be a QF? Sorry don’t know which one….BUT either way, would like to see, and my $$ is on RAFA!!!
After Djokovic win today, he grabbed the ball kids and did something on court, anyone know what it was? I am watching Eurosport and they cut it off before I could see what the heck he was doing!

Zverev/Verdasco was a roller coaster until they stopped the match due to weather. Wonder how that will turn out??

PEACE!!!

Sorry if I have been opinionated on here, will try to comment from my NICE self….


Willow Says:

I Dont care who Rafa faces, as long as he wins the FO again ….


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal: Shocking -More than one of you got your purses nabbed!!!!!. Also shocking, Vancouver, BC….all these desolate people – really surprised – thought Canada was virtually a perfect country.

Yes, Rafa is looking good and fit.
JS: Rafa & Nole in same half – can’t meet in final. Don’t know what Nole did with ball-boys – I’m watching on UK TV4. Agree that was some match Verdasco & Zverez – a lot of energy expended – they were probably pleased to have the opportunity to carry the match forward.

As for Andy, rather than arranging to watch it – I think I’ll skip. I’m a coward.


Margot Says:

OK: that was horrid! Get yourself a bum bag and wear it under your cardy/jacket etc. Also, most hotels, even in backward old UK, have safes these days. Put your stuff in there, ask for a receipt and then you can sue if anything untoward happens!


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath and @ Margot …….Our purses were in the car trunk….obviously the culprits saw us put them in there. The car is a Mercedes and has the electronic fob. Either Riley forgot to lock the car or the other fob in his wife’s purse kept it from locking. So we’re not sure. Riley says it will lock even if the extra fob is in the car…but regardless we were purseless. She tracked her phone moving around the area where it was stolen from her Apple IPad find my phone ap but police didn’t follow up on it……We we’re actually glad he didn’t lock since we are sure they were watching us…..they would have probably broken a window to get in. We where at Mel’s Diner in San Francisco eating breakfast and 4 cars were broken into in the broad open daylight in the restaurant’s parking lot. Bev saw a guy get out of his car on the street and bust a window out of a Tahoe and hop back in his car and take off. That went on while the cars in the parking lot were being vandalized. I felt so sorry for the kids that lost their stuff….they were from New York and the car was a rental. When we were in Kingman, AZ there was a shoot out almost in front of our motel. They killed the guy right on the street…..it resulted out of a car chase from another town and the perp ran his car off of an exit ramp and drew his gun on the police. This has been the vacation from hell!! I guess it’s the sign of the times!

JK…..the street situation in Vancouver was horrible….even worse than in San Francisco …..I’ve never seen anything like it in my life…..so very sad……


RZ Says:

@Okie – sorry that you had to go to Fresno in the first place, and sorry that your purses got stolen. Something similar happened to a friend several years ago, where she put her purse in the trunk after parking, and then when she returned to her car saw that the trunk had been broken into because someone saw her put her bag there. I’ve made it a rule to not put my purse in my trunk after I arrive somewhere. If I have to put stuff there, I’ll actually repark my car to avoid this. Thieves are everywhere.


Willow Says:

Sorry to hear all this Okie, i guess nothing is sacred in this world anymore ….

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