Agassi to stay on as Djokovic’s coach

Former world number one Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will be keeping Andre Agassi as his head coach when he returns to action in 2018.

In July, the 30-year-old Serbian was forced to end his 2017 season due to an elbow injury but was clearly impressed with the short time spent with Agassi, who initially joined his coaching team in May 2017 ahead of the French Open.

Djokovic's press office confirmed in a statement that Agassi would be staying on as head coach when the 12-time grand slam winner returned to action.

"We can confirm that Agassi remains the head coach while Italian Marco Panichi will take over as the fitness coach and Argentine Ulises Badio is the new physio.

"The only remaining issue is appointing a second coach and that will complete the staff accompanying Djokovic in 2018."

Djokovic is expected to return at the Australian Open in January 2018, an event he has dominated, winning it six times.

"Djokovic is still nursing his elbow injury and has spent several days in Belgrade for some fitness training," the statement added.

"He is working hard to get started with tennis practice as soon as possible in order to meet his own expectations of making a comeback in Australia in 2018."