Legend Andre Agassi reportedly set to land high-profile tennis job

Shahida Jacobs
Andre Agassi deep in thought

Tennis great Andre Agassi is set for a return to competitive sport, but in the capacity of a captain.

According to journalist Craig Shapiro, it is a done deal as Agassi is set to take over as captain of Team World’s Laver Cup team.

“Sources telling me Agassi is going to be named new @LaverCup captain,” Shapiro wrote on social media platform X.

If true, then the eight-time Grand Slam winner will take over from fellow American John McEnroe as the captain of Team World, but it will most likely be after this year’s tournament in Berlin, Germany.

McEnroe has led Team World since the inaugural edition of the Laver Cup in 2017 and Team Europe dominated the first four events before McEnroe’s outfit won the title in 2022 and successfully defended it last year to reduce the overall deficit to 4-2.

The venue for the 2025 tournament, which will be the eighth edition, is yet to be confirmed with a city in the “rest of the world” set to receive the hosting rights as Europe is staging the 2024 event.

If Agassi does indeed take over from McEnroe then it will be his first high-profile job in tennis in several years as he last coached Grigor Dimitrov in 2020.

Agassi – one of the most decorated players in tennis – joined the Bulgarian’s set-up in 2017 before they parted ways three years later and before that he coached fellow great Novak Djokovic from May 2017 until March 2018.

The American could well find himself up against Roger Federer in the coaching stakes at the Laver Cup in future as the Swiss Maestro has indicated in recent months that he is keen to become Team Europe captain at some stage, although he first wants to give “someone in the 50 to 65 age group ” a chance as “these guys deserve it first, before it’s my turn”.

At the age of 53, Agassi finds himself in that particular group of legends.

The American retired from professional tennis in 2006 having completed a Career Golden Slam as he won four Australian Open titles, two US Open titles, one title at Wimbledon and the French Open, and also won gold in the singles at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Agassi, who married fellow great Steffi Graf in 2001, finished his career with 60 singles titles, collected $31,152,975 in career-prize money and also spent 101 weeks at No 1 in the ATP Rankings.

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