Agassi to consult or coach Dimitrov?

David Le

Hall of Fame
#1
Saw on Georgia Tech’s Twitter account. Agassi was spotted with Grigor. Idk if Dani is out, but recently saw that Agassi also followed Grigor on IG.
 

vandre

Hall of Fame
#4
no one is a bigger agassi fan than me but i am uncomfortable with the idea of andre as a coach. yes, brad gilbert was the best thing that ever happened to him and some of gilbert's legendary mental toughness undoubtedly rubbed off on him; however, i am old enough to remember "headcase" agassi (the evil twin who tanked a couple of sets against connors so he could win in 5, skipped wimbledon and the aussie open for years, took his foot off the pedal in slam finals, took over a year "sabbatical" after finally won a slam title, etc) and, if it were my career, i would be worried whether i'm going to get the 94 us open agassi (comes from nowhere to win the title) or the 93 us open agassi (i shaved my chesthair to be more aerodynamic on the court). andre proved himself to be an amazing tennis player but i just can't picture him as that "rock of gibraltar" like gilbert was.

i would love to be proven wrong on this.
 
#5
Saw on Georgia Tech’s Twitter account. Agassi was spotted with Grigor. Idk if Dani is out, but recently saw that Agassi also followed Grigor on IG.
Agassi was shown with Grigor, BFD. Agassi is in England endlessly promoting that stupid coffee and will say or do anything to get a headline because at the end of every article is, "Andre Agassi is the official spokesman of Lavassa coffee." I'm surprised he hasn't given an interview announcing, "Steffi is lousy at giving head!" just to get a gratuitous headline to promote that damn coffee brand he's shilling. Just go away.

 
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Enga

Professional
#7
no one is a bigger agassi fan than me but i am uncomfortable with the idea of andre as a coach. yes, brad gilbert was the best thing that ever happened to him and some of gilbert's legendary mental toughness undoubtedly rubbed off on him; however, i am old enough to remember "headcase" agassi (the evil twin who tanked a couple of sets against connors so he could win in 5, skipped wimbledon and the aussie open for years, took his foot off the pedal in slam finals, took over a year "sabbatical" after finally won a slam title, etc) and, if it were my career, i would be worried whether i'm going to get the 94 us open agassi (comes from nowhere to win the title) or the 93 us open agassi (i shaved my chesthair to be more aerodynamic on the court). andre proved himself to be an amazing tennis player but i just can't picture him as that "rock of gibraltar" like gilbert was.

i would love to be proven wrong on this.
Maybe because of his mistakes Agassi will be in better position to advise?

Most popular and successful coaches never won as many titles and accomplishments as their protege, and no where near as perfect.

Though it seems Agassi is the far more accomplished in this dynamic. I'm curious how that affects their connection and chemistry, when the coach is a tennis titan and the student is barely a gleam in his eye.
 

sredna42

Professional
#11
I reckon Boris Becker might help him get the killer instinct and self-belief he seems to be lacking.

The oompa-loompas need to come and just roll agassi away at this point, singing some song about the dangers of auto-fellation, as they take him to a grape squeezer to squash the arrogance out of him.
 
#14
Grisho really needs someone to get him back to the basics - just play by instinct, do not overthink it, do not look @score even...
The guy is so ridiculously talented but his head in his way...
 
#16
Dimitrov definitely needs someone like Agassi in his camp. I'm afraid the relationship with Dani Vallverdu has run its course and Grigor clearly needs a new voice in his ear and a new sense of direction.
It does not matter how many coaches you change and how many directions you change. At the end of the day it is all about one's determination and perseverance. Grigor clearly lacks those qualities.
 
#17
Out of all the players on the tour Dimitrov has perhaps the most potential to have a late career peak like Wawrinka. I think Agassi would definitely help out with the Grigor's mentality. The question is would Agassi be up for it after being unsuccessful with Djokovic
 
#19
Agree that Grigor and current coach have gone about as far as they can.

Not sure about Agassi - without going as far as others (@BeatlesFan how do you really feel?!?) - he seems to be in too many things to provide any real help. I haven’t completely given up on Grigor winning a major or 2 - but Grigor needs a lot more than a few tips and a fat bald guy clenching his fist and yelling ‘come on!’ from the players box. More like 6 weeks after the season of intense ‘this is how you can win’ followed by about 6 months on tour with him. No way Agassi can/will commit to that.
 
#20
Grigor definitely needs to shake things up. After a great 2014, he went in a slump for 2 years, now after a great 2017, he's back in the same kind of slump. Is Andre Agassi the answer? Maybe, but I doubt he could commit to Dimitrov like Vallverdu is doing now, which is on a full time basis. Vallverdu seemed like a great partnership for Dimitrov, I'm not sure he necessarily has to go, but maybe adding a former great on a consulting basis could provide some insights. If that turns out to be Agassi or someone else, it really doesn't matter IMO. One thing that is for sure, he needs to do something because at the rate he's going, he will finish outside of the top 20 this year, if not even lower.
 
#22
It’s not about what Andre can do for Grigorgeous, it’s about what Bulgaria can do for for Andre’s coffee business.
And why even a thread for Dimi? He's not a slam contender or particularly interesting in any way, shape or form. He's never panned out and never will. Dolgo is a more interesting topic: quirky game, weird personality and unpredictable. Let's start 10 threads about Mr. Ponytail. :D
 
#23
And why even a thread for Dimi? He's not a slam contender or particularly interesting in any way, shape or form. He's never panned out and never will. Dolgo is a more interesting topic: quirky game, weird personality and unpredictable. Let's start 10 threads about Mr. Ponytail. :D
Grig is dating a pussycat twice his age I think. That makes him kinda interesting :D

Although I often wonder what happened to Dolgo’s Career in HipHop:cool:
 
#29
Grigor definitely needs to shake things up. After a great 2014, he went in a slump for 2 years, now after a great 2017, he's back in the same kind of slump. Is Andre Agassi the answer? Maybe, but I doubt he could commit to Dimitrov like Vallverdu is doing now, which is on a full time basis. Vallverdu seemed like a great partnership for Dimitrov, I'm not sure he necessarily has to go, but maybe adding a former great on a consulting basis could provide some insights. If that turns out to be Agassi or someone else, it really doesn't matter IMO. One thing that is for sure, he needs to do something because at the rate he's going, he will finish outside of the top 20 this year, if not even lower.
Dimitrov stayed too long with Rasheed and now again with Valverdu. His instincts are off.
 
#34
Grigor definitely needs to shake things up. After a great 2014, he went in a slump for 2 years, now after a great 2017, he's back in the same kind of slump. Is Andre Agassi the answer? Maybe, but I doubt he could commit to Dimitrov like Vallverdu is doing now, which is on a full time basis. Vallverdu seemed like a great partnership for Dimitrov, I'm not sure he necessarily has to go, but maybe adding a former great on a consulting basis could provide some insights. If that turns out to be Agassi or someone else, it really doesn't matter IMO. One thing that is for sure, he needs to do something because at the rate he's going, he will finish outside of the top 20 this year, if not even lower.
If slumps are longer than peaks, are they really slumps...
 
#35
Staying 2 years with a coach is too much? I'm not so sure about that. Constant change shows a lack of stability as well.
I don't see calendar years as a measure of stability, I am more interested in the end-product. When development plateaus and stagnation sets in, it is time for change.
 
#38
93" racket. Needs that 97" :=)
For truth, their is certainly a crispness/heaviness his shots lack with that joke of an unconventional layup/setup he is using. It also looks like he doesn't trust it in high tension situations. Has to be the only extremely talented player who hits a big or finishing shot and doesn't know it's good till it's called in/out...
 
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