Novak Djokovic adds Radek Stepanek to coaching team
"I am excited to join our forces and cannot wait to compete again having a new team to back me up"
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 01/12/17 11:45am
Novak Djokovic has announced that Radek Stepanek will join his coaching team for the 2018 season.
Stepanek, 39, announced his retirement from professional tennis just ten days ago following more than 20 years on the ATP World Tour.
Djokovic employed Andre Agassi as his coach in May last year in what was the American's first move into coaching following a trophy-laden playing career.
Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, will continue to coach Djokovic at the majors with 39-year-old Stepanek stepping in at other tournaments.
Djokovic said: "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.
"He has lot of experience and knowledge, and has played on a high level for many years. I am excited to join our forces and cannot wait to compete again having a new team to back me up."
Stepanek reached a career-high number eight in the singles world rankings during his career, and fourth in the doubles rankings.
He won five singles titles and 18 doubles trophies, but hadn't played since March due to a back injury.
He said: "I'm honoured to be a new member of Novak's team.
"As long-time friends off the tennis court, I believe that our friendship and similar views will translate onto the court as well, and we will share some memorable moments together."
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