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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