Andre Agassi sheds light on Djokovic split after his tough start to 2018

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Andre Agassi has spoken about his split from Novak Djokovic, as the Serbian's difficult start to 2018 continued.

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Agassi began working with Djokovic in May of last year, and made clear speaking to ESPN over this weekend that the partnership was over.

Whilst coaching teams come and go, the slightly pointed tone of Agassi’s comment may raise a few eyebrows in the game, with the American citing differences in opinion for the split.

"I wish him only the best moving forward," Agassi said, per BBC Sport.

“With only the best of intentions I tried to help Novak. We far too often found ourselves agreeing to disagree.”

The former Czech player Radek Stepanek is now the only coach on the team of the decorated 30-year-old star. The partnership wasn’t the first time the Serb had worked with a legend of the game, having previously partnered with Boris Becker for three years.

Djokovic has undertaken extensive surgery on his elbow, playing very sporadically since the US Open in July of last year.


Upon returning to the court last month he suffered successive first-round losses in both the Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments.

Following the defeats, Djokovic was philosophical on his struggle to reach the heights of his earlier career.

“The circumstances that I was in the last two years were very challenging. But I’m not the only one that goes through that. I mean, there are tougher injuries that players go through. I don’t want to sit here and whine about my last couple of years.

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“I’m just in general trying everything I can. It is what it is. I’m not at the level that I used to be. I’m aware of that. I just have to obviously believe in myself and hopefully it will come”.

The Serb will hope to hit form this season and add to the twelve Grand Slams he has already gained in a glittering career, with the French Open just around the corner.

Andre Agassi
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