ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic is joining forces with Andre Agassi in an effort to return to No. 1.
Djokovic announced Sunday that Agassi will coach him at the French Open, which starts next Sunday.
"I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we decided to get together in Paris," Djokovic said. "So he's going to be there. We'll see what (the) future brings.
"We are both excited to work together and see where it takes us. We don't have any long-term commitment. It's just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit," Djokovic added. "He will not stay the whole tournament. He's going to stay only to a certain time, and then we'll see after that what's going to happen."
The second-ranked Djokovic split with longtime coach Marian Vajda and two other team members — fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch, and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic — at the start of the month.
Agassi, who retired in 2006, won eight Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slams.
"Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player," Djokovic said. "He has been through everything that I'm going through. On the court he understands the game amazingly well. I am enjoying every conversation that I have with him.