MELBOURNE, Australia – There were questions as recently as last weekend about whether mentor Andre Agassi would make the trip Down Under to join Novak Djokovic as he returned to action at the Australian Open.
First, it wasn’t 100 per cent certain Djokovic would play, after withdrawing from the exhibition in Abu Dhabi as well as the ATP Tour event in Doha.
And Agassi suffered a snowboarding accident over the holidays. He, too, had a tournament commitment with the exhibition in Adelaide. And he had to pull out of that.
But there he was, Saturday afternoon, back with Djokovic and new coach Radek Stepanek on Rod Laver Arena.
Here’s some video of Djokovic’s practice.
Agassi has other business in Melbourne, of course. As an ambassador for Lavazza coffee, his face is splashed around town in supersized form.
(We’ll test out the outrageous claim this promotional poster makes, and get back to you about any life changes therein experienced).
(Video courtesy of Tennis Australia)