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Andre Agassi to coach Novak Djokovic at French Open

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Novak Djokovic announced that tennis legend Andre Agassi will be his part-time coach for the French Open. File photo by David Silpa/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/8c0c8632413acee378c32e07477849d9/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Novak Djokovic announced that tennis legend Andre Agassi will be his part-time coach for the French Open. File photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

Novak Djokovic has experienced a decline this season and he has decided to team up with tennis legend Andre Agassi to see if he can regain his form.

Djokovic confirmed Sunday that Agassi will serve as his coach for the upcoming French Open. The 47-year-old Agassi will serve in a part-time role at the tournament in Paris, which begins next Sunday.

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Aggasi's role at Roland Garros will be a new one as he has never previously coached a top player. But Djokovic isn't concerned about the coaching experience factor.

"He's a legend of our sport," Djokovic told reporters after losing in the final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. "He's made a mark in this sport forever. He's won everything there is to win in tennis.

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"He was a revolutionary player because he had this charisma, he had this approach to tennis and to life that was quite different from others. That's why he was so interesting."

Djokovic, who turns 30 on Monday, is ranked second in the world but has had a subpar year compared to his lofty standards. He has won just one tournament and was bounced early in the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam event.

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Dating back to last season, Djokovic has won just one of his past 11 tournaments. His decline began after winning last year's French Open.

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He split with co-coach Boris Becker last December after three years and the former champion sharply criticized Djokovic's lack of desire.

Earlier this month, Djokovic split with Marian Vajda, his coach of 11 years who helped him rise and develop into a 12-time Grand Slam winner.

Now he will attempt to see if Agassi is a good fit. Agassi won eight Grand Slam titles as player before retiring in 2006 but whether or not the Las Vegas resident wants to return to the tour life and an abundance of travel could be an issue.

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"We are both excited to work together and see where it takes us," Djokovic said. "We don't have any long-term commitment. It's just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit.

"He will not stay the whole tournament. He's going to stay only to a certain time, and then we'll see after that what's going to happen."

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