After sacking his complete coaching staff including his long time coach Marian Vajda last week, Djokovic hinted in his pre-tournament press conference in Madrid that he was looking for another so-called super coach. To everyone’s surprise Andre Agassi, the former world No 1 and Wimbledon champion, is emerging as a surprise candidate to join Novak Djokovic’s team.
Djokovic told reporters in Madrid on Sunday that “it [the next coach] is going to be someone that has been through similar experiences like I have. Not too many people in the past in tennis have managed to get to that stage and play at that level, so I’ll see”.
Djokovic split up with his coach, Boris Becker, by the end of last season. The three-year partnership with Becker took him to the prime of his career. Djokovic admitted he doesn’t know how long it will take him to find top form once more. “In the last six months I haven’t had too many great results. That’s why, you know, I’ve felt like I needed some changes and I needed to approach things maybe a little bit differently, which is completely fine. “How long maybe this process is going to last before I get to the winning terms again? I don’t know, I’m just hoping I will get there again.”
Djokovic’s agent, Edoardo Artaldi, said last night that no decision had yet been made. “At this point there is no name to be singled out as this is just an initial stage of discussion with interested parties.”