If you could pick one ATP Tour star to coach, who would it be and why?
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Italian star Fabio Fognini answered that question during an Instagram Live session on Tuesday.
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“You would definitely be one of the players that I would like to coach,” Djokovic told the Italian.
“Serbia! Serbia! Serbia!” Fognini quickly chanted, drawing a laugh from Djokovic.
“I think you are one of the most talented players that I have ever seen, that I have ever played against,” Djokovic said. “I think your team and your coaches are already doing a very good job, but I feel I can contribute a little bit more!”
Djokovic and Fognini then got serious, looking at other players besides each other. Fognini picked a player who is a shotmaker like himself.
“Kyrgios,” Fognini said, before Djokovic responded.
“Kyrgios, I knew it!”
Djokovic revealed that there are some younger players whom he’d enjoy mentoring.
“I would probably coach Felix Auger-Aliassime,” the World No. 1 said. “I would love to coach him because I think he’s a great guy, very talented, fantastic work ethic. And Shapo as well, great guys. Tsitsipas [too].”