Following his 6-4, 6-3 loss today to Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic confirmed that Andre Agassi will be his new coach starting at the French Open.
Djokovic told the press that he has been in talks with Agassi for a few weeks and that he will be with him in Paris.
“I spoke to Andre the last couple of weeks on the phone and we decided to get together in Paris,” Djokovic said. “He’s going to be there. We’ll see what the future brings. We are both very excited to work together and see where it takes us.
“We don’t have any long term commitment, it’s just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little but. He will not stay the whole tournament, he’s going to stay until a certain time then we’ll see what’s going to happen.
“Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player. He has been through everything that I’m going through on court. He understands the game amazingly well, I enjoy every conversation I’ve had with him. He’s also someone who nurtures the family values and philanthropy work.
“He’s a person who can contribute to my likf on and off the court a lot so I’m very excited to see what’s ahead of us.”
The 47-year-old Agassi has never coached before and has been out of the game since retiring a decade ago. As a busy man how much time will he have for Djokovic and how will he mesh with Novak’s spiritual advisor Pepe Imaz? More details on the partnership are expected later this week.
Djokovic, who turns 30 tomorrow, has just two titles since winning the French Open last year. His French Open title defense starts in a week.
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