A coach, a guru? Novak Djokovic teams up with Andre Agassi

Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim speaks to Off The Ball

Novak Djokovic

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With Roland Garros approaching, attention turns once again to the world of tennis.

While Maria Sharapova's return to the sport has courted most of the headlines, former world number one Novak Djokovic continues to search for some semblance of form that set him apart from his competitors over the past number of years.

A shock exit in last year's Wimbeldon was the beginning of a chain of events which saw him cede his number one spot in the world rankings and split from coach Boris Becker.

Most recently, the Serb made the decision to split from his coaching staff.

"It was not an easy decision, neither for my team nor for me," he told reporters earlier this month. "But we all felt like we needed a change. We all felt like we needed to kind of enter a new chapter."

A new chapter is exactly what he expects to begin after teaming up with eight-time Grand Slam winner, Andre Agassi.

"A lot of the details are yet to be revealed," Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim told Off The Ball on Tuesday night.

"It's a bold move for Djokovic because Agassi hasn't coached anyone before. It's intriguing. We have this tremendous player in Djokovic but he's been in quite a slump.

"We're still waiting to see if Agassi is a coach or a guru or even some sort of periodic adviser."

Neither Djokovic or Agassi have stated publicly the parameters of working with each other, but Wertheim says he sees this as Agassi assuming an advisory role.

"Agassi has got a very busy life. He's got two teenagers and a spouse [Steffi Graf] who is a pretty good tennis player herself.

"I can't imagine he's going to be spending the next several months sitting in the stands in Toronto and Cincinnati.

"Is this going to be a coach or something that is more of an advisory role. It's an interesting story, but incomplete right now."

You can listen to the full discussion on Tuesday's Off The Ball below.