Novak Djokovic has said that having Andre Agassi as his coach during the French Open is a “dream come true”.
Djokovic announced at the beginning of last week that Agassi would be with him in Paris after he split with his previous coaching team earlier this month.
Last year Djokovic ended his three-year partnership with Boris Becker after he lost the world No 1 ranking to Andy Murray. Since then he has struggled to find his best form and this season has produced a number of surprise losses.
However, after Agassi agreed to assist him, Djokovic now says that he is excited to be working with him, “Having Andre Agassi as a coach is a dream come true, honestly. He’s someone that I was looking up to when I was younger. We have similar styles of game, very similar. He has been considered to be one of the greatest returners of all time and I was relying on return in my game throughout my career a lot. So there are a lot of similarities.”
He said that Agassi has been through everything that he is currently experiencing and has experienced in his career. He believes that Agassi understands what it is like to be one of the top players and to win all the tournaments in the world.
Djokovic revealed that he spoke to Agassi over the phone when they reached the decision to “give it a try in Paris.”
However, Agassi won’t be there for the entire tournament. He will be there for a period of it so that they can “see how this relationship is going to unfold on the court, off the court and we’ll take it from there.”
“I love this sport with all my heart, I truly do. I still have a tremendous amount of passion and motivation to do well. As long as I have that flare inside of me, I’ll keep going and hopefully make more foot prints.”