Today’s official announcement from camp Djokovic of the struggling Serb’s split with Andre Agassi comes to little surprise. Even if the partnership had been during more fruitful times, it never seemed a natural marriage. The mentor too radical and the player – one imagines – too eager to stick with what worked so well for so long.
What is shocking is the almost blasé nature of the airing: a mere one line sentence at the end of an otherwise lengthy and gushing piece honouring Novak’s all too brief match-up with Radek Stepanek which has ended also.
That seems more like a desperate change for something new, or maybe even Djokovic will once again ape his illuminaries and go coachless for a while.
It is unclear, but if nothing else, this whole thing proves only what was already obvious: Novak is in a wilderness, physically yes with that injury but largely, crushingly mentally too.
I’ve been wrong many times before, but I struggle to see a way back soon for him, the aura has vanished.