Andre Agassi on coaching Novak Djokovic: “I don’t want money, I want to help him”

On Friday, Andre Agassi revealed about the phone call which led to the start of a partnership between him and Novak Djokovic.

“It was a surprise for me! I got a call from him late in Monte Carlo after he was done, and he wanted to talk tennis,” Agassi told in a video interview he did with Boris Becker for Eurosports. “He wanted to talk the possibility of working and I said listen, maybe I can help you over the phone, I don’t think you need much, but this is not possible for me with the balance of my life. And then Steffi says, ‘Maybe you’ll enjoy it’. I said, ‘You think?’.

“I respect her so much so I said okay, I’ll go early since I have to be in Paris anyway, and I’ll just get to know him. A very inspirational guy for me.”

Agassi also revealed that he is not being paid to mentor Djokovic, insisting that he simply wants to help the Serbian rediscover his form of old.

“For me, I do this on my own time and my own dime,” Agassi added. “I don’t want money, I want to help him. And it helps the game. Him at his best is good for the game and it’s a way I can contribute.

On being asked on what aspect of Djokovic’s game he would specifically work on, Agassi said: “There’s a difference between what I want and now in the French Open, so I don’t want him thinking too much so that he stops doing what comes naturally to him. For me, it’s simple. His game is about controlling the baseline and it’s built on executing to big targets. He’s not a guy who plays to lines, he’s a guy who throws body blow after body blow after body blow, and he’s just never though a lot about the other side of the court.  So I think there are ways he can take his game, at 30 years old, and older – because hopefully he will want to play for a while – and he will start making it easier for himself by knowing what he should do with the guy across the net.”


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