‘We agreed to disagree far too often’: Agassi speaks over Djokovic split

first_imgAndre Agassi, eight-time Gland Slam champion, finally spoke about his split with Novak Djokovic for the first time since the duo split in March.Agassi’s debut coaching role was with Djokovic began last May. He joined Djokovic’s team as head coach but with the Serbian unable to recover after the elbow surgery, the two soon split.The American former world number one, who retired in 2006, said his first steps into coaching were “challenging, interesting and educational”.”I only knew him with a hurt elbow, so it was always plasters and big problems,” his former coach Agassi said. “I think there was a real hope his elbow could heal naturally, holistically. I personally wasn’t a fan of that choice. You can’t force someone when it comes to their own body, you have to understand their hesitations, but health is a function of taking care of your body, making the hard decisions, giving yourself the time and then moving forward methodically. Rest wasn’t going to do it in my estimation.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advance”When I saw the results of his MRIs in August, I was very clear with him: I advocated surgery right away, because that could end the issue once and for all,” Agassi told Guardian.Agassi, who himself benefitted from gaining bulk in the later stages of his career believed that Djokovic could reap benefits from the same. Agassi threw in some ideas of conditioning and nutrition changes to Djokovic but the former world No.1 was slow to embrace them.advertisement”I think his learning curves could be quicker but they have to be his,” Agassi said. “He’s just that kind of guy he needs ownership over his own process. So if he’s not having the energy or the strength, that’s something he’ll figure out on his own. I’ve always believed in strength training, I’ve always believed in eating a healthy range and a quantity of protein. But for years, he did it his own way.Also read – Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 wins”You get to a point where if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem. We agreed to disagree far too often for me to feel like I was helping him, and I cared too much about him to just watch him go through something I felt I could help him with.””As a coach you have to make sure you’re saying the right thing at the right time or not saying the wrong thing at the wrong time – there was a lot of pressure to it,” Agassi told Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper.The 48-year-old did not rule out working with Djokovic again despite the Serb reuniting with his long-time coach Marian Vajda.Also read – Rafael Nadal criticises Wimbledon’s 25-second shot clock plan”If there are ways that I could help him (Novak Djokovic), he’d have to let me know,” Agassi added.Agassi, a Wimbledon champion in 1992, expressed his willingness to coach anyone who needed it but was unsure about Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.”Would I help someone if I could help someone? Of course I would,” Agassi said.”What I think of him (Kyrgios) and his ability and upsides are different to saying you could work with him. You don’t know if somebody wants to be worked with.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img