Novak Djokovic's coach Radek Stepanek has revealed that Andre Agassi will only be working with the Serb before major tournaments while he will be available on a day-to-day basis. For the new year. Agassi is expected to travel to the Australian Open, post which Stepanek will assume charge.
Stepanek was confirmed as the latest addition to Djokovic's backroom staff last week hoping that the move will go a long way in elevating him to greater heights. The Serbian missed major parts of the season with an elbow injury and is aiming to be back in 2018 after taking half the year off in 2017.
"Andre will only travel to major tournaments," Stepanek said, as quoted by the Express. "I'll be working with Novak on a day-to-day basis. We've all talked to each other and the feeling is right away that we're in the same tune. The most important thing is that we understand each other and know what we really want."
Djokovic has already mellowed talk of any discontent between Agassi and Stepanek, stating that it was the American's idea to bring him on board to prepare for the upcoming season. The 12-time Grand Slam winner last featured competitively in his Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Tomas Berdych, with the Serbian ace retiring midway through the match citing injury.
Stepanek announced his retirement a few days back owing to fitness issues but made it clear that he does not want to walk away from the sport. He will offer his valuable service to Djokovic on a day-to-day basis and make sure that he is fit to compete at the highest level after a disappointing year.
"I'm honoured to be a new member of Novak's team. It is a new and exciting challenge for me, which I'm looking forward to and I believe that as a team we can help Nole to reach his goals," the Czech Republic international added.