McEnroe urges Agassi to spend more time with Djokovic
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[June 26, 2017]
(Reuters) - Andre Agassi and
world number four Novak Djokovic need to work together for at least
a month if the American's coaching is to have a long-term impact on
the struggling Serb's game, three-times Wimbledon champion John
McEnroe has said.
Djokovic, who split with his coaching team in a bid to resdiscover
his form earlier this year, announced that he would start working
with Agassi shortly before the French Open.
The 47-year-old American, however, only stayed in Paris for the
opening week, and it is not clear whether he will be in Djokovic's
corner at next month's Wimbledon.
"It looks great on paper when you bring in Andre Agassi, and it is
great for tennis," McEnroe told the British media.
"He did have this career renaissance so there are reasons why it
makes sense, but it is hard to think that it could make sense so
"I can't see it lasting if he is only coming around for very brief
moments. But if they got a window of a month, obviously it is a
totally different situation entirely."
Djokovic, who has struggled this year and suffered a quarter-final
exit at the French Open, fell out of the top two spots in the world
rankings this month for the first time since March 2011.
He continues to work with a spiritual adviser, Pepe Imaz, a Spanish
former player. But McEnroe believes that could be draining Djokovic
of his killer instinct.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia and his coach Andre Agassi attend a
training session. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier - RTX37RQ9
"From an emotional standpoint, Djokovic perhaps felt
he wanted to bring in somebody who wants to give people a lot of
hugs," McEnroe added.
"That does not necessarily translate to killer instinct. It does not
automatically lose it. But you don't want to get into a situation
where it is all peace and love, and then you have to go out and
stomp on somebody's head in competition."
In a bid to rediscover his form, Djokovic has taken a wildcard into
this week's Aegon International at Eastbourne, his first grasscourt
warm-up tournament appearance ahead of Wimbledon since 2010.
The Serb as the tournament's top seed received a first-round bye and
will face Czech Jiri Vesely or Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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