Novak Djokovic to work with Andre Agassi at French Open

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

Men's Singles Final - Novak Djokovic of Serbia v Alexander Zverev of Germany - Rome, Italy- 21/5/17- Alexander Zverev of Germany embraces Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of the match.

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Djokovic, whose dip in form has seen Andy Murray take over as world number one, announced after the match American great Andre Agassi would coach him at Roland Garros.

The pairing was first reported during the local broadcast of the Italian Open final, which Djokovic lost, 6-4, 6-3, to Alexander Zverev.

Earlier this month, the 12-time Grand Slam champion parted with his entire coaching team.

"That's what I wanted to let you guys know: I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we made a decision to get together in Paris", Djokovic said after the match. "We'll see what (the) future brings", Djokovic told reporters Sunday, via ESPN.

Next up is his defence of his title in the French capital, and Djokovic added: "He (Agassi) will not stay the whole tournament". Agassi won eight Grand Slam titles as player before retiring in 2006 but whether or not the Las Vegas resident wants to return to the tour life and an abundance of travel could be an issue.

The two are set to begin working nearly immediately with the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, the French Open, starting in a week; Djokovic heads into Paris as the defending champion.

"Anybody that knows me, knows that I think he should win everything all the time", Agassi said in July. As I said, you know, he served very well.

A child prodigy pushed by an ambitious father, Agassi was a Wimbledon champion at the age of 22 and became one of the game's biggest stars thanks to his flamboyant personality, rock star looks and aggressive playing style.

Djokovic lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray a year ago after a slump in form following his French Open triumph.

While Agassi has not coached a top player before, Djokovic said his record as a player and spokesman of the game was enough to convince him. However, he still plays in exhibition events with other retired players.

"Zverev's making his mark already. I wanted to get a shot from the beginning, so it worked out well". "Then when I was 16, everything started to be more realistic". Wimbledon was a surprise, I don't know the reason.

Zverev was on top from the moment that he broke Djokovic in the very first game as he became the youngest victor of a Masters 1000 tournament since the Serb himself in Miami in 2007.

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