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Djokovic sends another coach packing

2018-04-04 14:15
Novak Djokovic (Getty)

Belgrade - Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic, struggling back from a long injury lay-off, confirmed on Wednesday that he had split with his coaches Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner lost his opening game at the ATP Miami Masters last month, the latest setback for the Serbian star as he bids to return from the elbow injury that sidelined him for six months and finally saw him have "minor" surgical intervention after a disappointing Australian Open.

"After Miami Novak Djokovic and his tennis coach Radek Stepanek decided to end their co-operation. The co-operation between Novak and Andre Agassi has also ended," according to a statement on Djokovic's official website.

"Novak remains focused and eager to come back stronger and more resilient from long injury break that has affected his confidence and game." 

There was no word about which future coaches might be lined up as Djokovic departed on a short family holiday ahead of preparations proper for the upcoming clay season.

Stepanek joined Djokovic's team in December 2016 and former world No 1 Agassi came on board in May 2017.

Djokovic had linked up with the pair after splitting from Boris Becker and Marian Vajda

Full statement on Djokovic’s official websiteon Wednesday:

"After Miami Novak Djokovic and his tennis coach Radek Stepanek decided to end their co-operation.

"The private relationship with Stepanek was and will remain great, and Novak has enjoyed working with him and learning from him.

"He remains grateful and appreciative of all the support he has received from Radek during the last period.

"Novak remains focused and eager to come back stronger and more resilient from long injury break that has affected his confidence and game.

"He is continuously and passionately looking for new and different ways to regain winning form.

"Djokovic will upon his short holiday with a family start his preparations for the clay season and upcoming tournaments.

"The co-operation between Novak and Andre Agassi has also ended."

Djokovic is next scheduled to compete at the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on April 16.

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