Novak Djokovic names Radek Stepanek as coach
Belgrade: Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Friday announced the Czech Republic's Radek Štepánek as his new coach.
"We have a new official member of the #TeamDjokovic guys. #NoleFam please welcome Radek Stepanek to our team," the 30-year-old tweeted.
Stepanek will begin working with Djokovic in the following days in Monte Carlo, as Novak prepares for the next season and upcoming tournaments, after the break due to an elbow injury.
"Radek is one of my very close friends on the tour and I was always impressed with his level of determination, passion and love for the sport. The fact that he just recently retired at the age of 37 speaks volumes of his love for the game.
"He has lot of experience and knowledge, and he has played on a high level for many years. I am excited to join our forces together and cannot wait to compete again having a new team to back me up," the three-time Wimbledon champion said in a statement released on his official website.
Stepanek and Agassi will travel and work alongside Novak, depending on the schedule they make, and on the calendar for 2018 which is yet to be confirmed.
"On Andre's suggestion I pursued Radek, therefore I am sure the two of them will work well together. The new season is about to start and there is a long way to go back to where I left off. We are aware that I need to go step by step, not hurrying anything. I feel much better now, and I can't wait to play matches again," Djokovic added.
The 39-year-old recently announced his retirement from the sport after 21 years on the professional tour.