Boris Becker. Stefan Edberg. Ivan Lendl. Michael Chang. Goran Ivanisevic. All are retired, Grand Slam–winning greats of the game, and they all are coaching current players, including Top 10 stars Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer.
"I think that’s actually the story of the year, is the coaches," says Chris Evert, in a conference call conducted by ESPN with reporters.
Cue the high-school yearbook treatment for "The Player Least Likely to Join Them." That billing goes to Andre Agassi, if former Agassi coach Darren Cahill is to be believed (and he is). Cahill was also on the call with Evert, and had this to say on the matter:
"As far as Andre is concerned, I think if you’re going to pick one player that probably won’t get back into full-time coaching, he’s had several offers, big players, Top 10s, on both the male and female side have approached him, but I think you’ve seen his life now move more towards the education in the United States. He’s heavily involved in that. I think it would take a drastic alteration for him to turn his attention back to tennis."
We can now wed that Cahill quote to some others over time. In 2009, he said of Agassi, his former charge, "The game held him ransom." That's interesting coming from Cahill, who in 2010 opined that he would rather continue his TV gig than coach Andy Murray. And it came to pass that Murray won his first Grand Slam title, and then ended his nation's Wimbledon drought as well, under the guidance of Lendl.
This begs the question: Say Agassi were to surprise everyone and take up the reins of coaching a current pro. With which players, ATP and WTA, do you think he would have the most success?
[Thanks to GoToTennis.com for the tip.]
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