‘I was in his way’ – Andre Agassi gives honest assessment of Novak Djokovic partnership

Andre Agassi says although he had the very best of intentions when he coached Novak Djokovic, he quickly recognised he was ‘standing in his way.’

There was excitement when Agassi linked up with Djokovic in May 2017, but the partnership did not work well with the Serbian failing to win a Grand Slam in the ten months under Agassi’s tutelage.

Despite it not working out, though, Agassi says it was important to put pride aside and remember the reasons he became Djokovic’s coach in the first place.

“I wasn’t helping him for me,” Agassi told CNBC. “I had a desire to help.

“My reasons were because I believed that it’s best for tennis if somehow he could get the best out of himself and then getting to know him and his family.

“But then you have to be honest, my goal is to help you, but if I am in your way or if I am stopping your process or interfering with your process then it’s best I sort of step out of your way.

“But I can’t necessarily subscribe to the choices that you are making. So there is a delicate balancing act and we just far too often found ourselves to agreeing to disagree and that is ok too. There’s no judgement in it.”

“But stepping to the side, he was able to process a lot of stuff we went through together and hopefully it made him better for it.”

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