Novak Djokovic confirmed yesterday at Eastbourne that Andre Agassi will re-join him at Wimbledon.
“He will be in London for Wimbledon,” Djokovic said. “He will stay as long as I stay in the tournament, so that’s great news. Obviously Roland Garros, the eight or nine days that we spent together, were very valuable for me to get to know him, to learn from him. We shared a lot of experiences on and off the court, you know, things that he has been through that I can relate to and vice versa.
“So having him around is not only great for myself but also for tennis. Getting to know him in Paris, I can see how much he cares about the game, how much he knows the game. It was very interesting to hear his perspective on tennis before and now, current tennis, how he analyzes my game and what he sees with things moving forward to improve and try to get back on the level desired.”
After a dissapointing French Open, Djokovic decided to take a late wildcard into Eastbourne, bucking a trend of not playing any grass tune-ups in recent years.
“I haven’t played since 2010 any leadup event to Wimbledon,” Djokovic said. “I was fortunate to have lots of matches and lots of success in the first part of the year over the years, especially on the clay courts and always reaching the final stages of Roland Garros.
“And because of the old schedule, we had a week less. Usually the Queen’s and Halle tournaments were starting the week after Roland Garros, which was a bit challenging obviously coming from the slowest to the fastest surface in sport. It’s a big shift, only few days.
“But that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t participated over the years in any leadup events to Wimbledon.”
Djokovic did comment again on the Dominic Thiem loss at the French Open.
“Dominic just played a great match, especially from the beginning of the second set,” he said. “I completely lost my rhythm and confidence on the court in the third.
“It was unfortunate for me to end up that match the way I did, but it happens. You know, it happens on a given day that you’re not feeling your best and your opponent does.
“That’s all. You know, I had to move on. I’m aware of the fact that I’m not at the level that I was in the previous years, but, you know, sooner or later this kind of circumstances and experiences had to happen, and eventually sooner or later I had to deal with this kind of challenges and it came right now and I have to accept it.”
Djokovic had just started his match today against Vasek Pospisil before the rains hit after one game.
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