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Rafael Nadal not feared anymore, should tap Andre Agassi as coach: Nick Bollettieri

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Nick Bollettieri in 2009 (Photo courtesy: Charlie Cowins/Wikimedia Commons)

Nick Bollettieri, a popular tennis coach has an advice for Rafael Nadal, who has struggled the last two seasons. The veteran mentor stated that it’s time for Nadal to add another coach in his team mentioning former pro Andre Agassi as one of the possible coaches.

“The big question is if Nadal can comeback this year. I don’t feel that he has to hire a new coach; maybe someone with Toni [Nadal], Edberg made a big difference with [Roger] Federer,” Bollettieri said via Tennis World USA.

“[Andre] Agassi could help Nadal… [To] stop working with Toni would not be good, but Agassi’s help would be definitely good.”

Bollettieri is referring to the recent partnership between Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg, who was hired by the Swiss before the start of the 2016 season.

Bollettieri also said that Nadal has to improve his play not only on his favorite surface, clay but also on the hard and grass courts.

The veteran mentor added that players are now excited to face Nadal because of his struggles unlike before when he was one of the most feared players in the tour.

Nadal’s struggles have been well documented the past two ATP seasons with the Spanish pro admitting that he has issues with the mental aspect of the game and his confidence. Nadal vowed to bounce back in the 2016 season but suffered a first round exit at the 2016 Australian Open.

Since winning the 2014 French Open, Nadal has not gotten past the quarterfinals of his last six Grand Slam tournament appearances.

While Nadal has dropped in the ATP rankings and out of the elite group in the men’s singles tour, his peers and rivals like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer have all maintained their status as the top players in the sport.

After the loss in Melbourne, Australia, there were talks that Nadal should fire his coach and uncle, Toni but the Spaniard said he had no plans of replacing his long-time mentor.

Bollettieri is suggesting that Rafael should not fire Toni but the Spaniard should also seek outside help like tapping Agassi as coach.

Photo courtesy: Charlie Cowins/Wikimedia Commons

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